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Fatal Disease on Rise in Humans, Deer in Wisconsin

Chronic wasting disease seen more amid worries deer may pass it to humans

(Newser) - Variants of a fatal brain disease are on the rise in both deer and humans across the country and especially in Wisconsin, leaving some worrying that the deer version, called chronic wasting disease, may be spreading to people. And while a cross-species jump to humans has yet to be observed,... More »

Scientists Spot Grisly First Among Deer

They're seen scavenging on human remains for the first time

(Newser) - When scientists dropped a human carcass in the woods to study its decomposition, they expected the usual suspects such as vultures and raccoons to show up to speed things along. Their cameras, however, also picked up an unexpected visitor: a deer. In fact, it's the first time a deer... More »

Sad Ending to Story of Viral Deer Rescue

Animal ended up being euthanized

(Newser) - Television channels live-streamed footage of a deer stuck on the ice of a frozen river Monday, some of them airing it for up to three hours—and hundreds of thousands of people watched, NPR reports. Finally, two-and-a-half hours into the footage, rescuers were able to slide the deer over and... More »

Lonely Deer-Humping Monkey Shocks Scientists, Internet

It's only the second time such a thing has been documented

(Newser) - One lonely snow monkey in Japan is taking animal sexuality to strange new places. In a study published Tuesday in Primates , researchers documented a monkey having or attempting sexual relations with at least two sika deer. While one of the deer ran off, the monkey mounted another deer and ejaculated... More »

Whoops: Deer Not as Dead as Motorist Thought

Wakes up in trunk, to driver's surprise

(Newser) - A 59-year-old Wisconsin man hit a deer with his car last week and put it in his trunk, thinking he'd soon be enjoying some venison for dinner. Instead, he was surprised to hear the deer moving around when he got home, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He called the... More »

Arby's Venison Sandwich Is Inexplicably Popular

The Bambi burger sold out in minutes

(Newser) - America's desire for inexpensive, pre-cooked deer has been wildly underestimated. Arby's made its new Venison Sandwich available at four Minnesota locations last Friday; the sandwich was sold out at all of them by 11:15am, KARE reports. According to the Nation's Restaurant News , it was the same... More »

Arby's Throws Caution to the Wind, Offers Venison Sandwich

'You simply can't find this at other restaurant chains'

(Newser) - In what one executive calls the fast-food chain's "biggest stretch" yet—and what may be the biggest test of gastrointestinal bravery in recent memory—Arby's is offering a limited-time-only venison sandwich, MLive.com reports. According to WZZM , the Arby's Bambi Burger* features a "thick-cut venison... More »

Deer at Brink of Extinction Survives Afghan Conflicts

Bactrian deer were spotted by researchers for the first time in decades in 2013

(Newser) - In Afghanistan—in spite of multiple wars, habitat destruction, and unregulated hunting—one species feared to have gone extinct in the nation has been spotted and may even be staging a comeback: the rare and majestic Bactrian deer. When they were last surveyed in the 1970s, their local numbers were... More »

Baby Deer Euthanized After Humans 'Rescue' It

They, likely wrongly, believed the fawn had been abandoned

(Newser) - “It’s a death sentence when people pick up a baby critter and turn it over to us.” That's the message Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski had for a group of people who tried to help a week-old baby deer last weekend in the La... More »

1st-Ever Endemic Malaria Found in US Mammals

Scientists stumble on find at the National Zoo

(Newser) - Talk about a surprise: Two years ago, scientists researching avian malaria happened to learn that two strains of the parasite are infecting white-tailed deer—possibly 25% of those living on the East Coast, Smithsonian reports. Until then, no endemic malaria had been seen in North or South American mammals. "... More »

Deer Carcasses a Big Problem for Alaska Airport

'It’s like Las Vegas when the buffet is called, except for birds'

(Newser) - It may sound crazy, but dead deer are posing a serious safety risk at one Alaskan airport, KCAW reports. Heather Bauscher usually spends her day shooting fireworks at ducks and eagles to scare them away from the runway in Sitka. But ever since hunting season started in November, deer carcasses... More »

Lyme Disease Ticks Spread to Half of All US Counties

Which is why cases have tripled since 1990s

(Newser) - Nearly half of all counties in the US are now home to ticks that carry Lyme disease, including areas where they'd never before been documented, researchers at the CDC report in the Journal of Medical Entomology . That's up from 30% of counties in 1998, with the Guardian reporting... More »

Cops: Teen Hit Deer Then Shot Good Samaritan

He was arrested hours into his 18th birthday

(Newser) - Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened by the side of a road in Maryland's Pocomoke Forest on Friday night—but they know that suspect Kenny George White did not have a good 18th birthday. Police say that about an hour before White turned 18 at... More »

Missouri Town Hosting Vigil for Dead Deer

Some of suburb's residents upset by money being spent to kill deer

(Newser) - Residents of a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., will hold a candlelight vigil for dead deer tomorrow night. It may sound silly, but residents are also protesting the hefty sum that Town and Country officials have paid to thin the animal's population over the last few years. Vigil organizers... More »

How to Avoid Dying in a Deer Car Crash

Just hit the deer, expert tells author Al Cambronne

(Newser) - The deadliest animal in North America? The white-tailed deer, writes Al Cambronne, author of a book on deer, for Slate . Each year, 150 people are killed and another 10,000 are injured in more than a million vehicle crashes involving the animal, so Cambronne recently went on a ride-along with... More »

Wisconsin Hunter Shoots Deer, She Strikes Back

72-year-old bow hunter wounded a doe and she struck his leg with her head

(Newser) - Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted, as a 72-year-old bow hunter in Wisconsin recently found out when the doe he struck with his arrow apparently had enough. After the man injured her and attempted to track her, she turned on him. "Apparently the man was going through some thick... More »

'Unicorn Deer' Found on 2 Continents

Hunters shoot unusual creatures in Slovenia, Washington state

(Newser) - You can start believing in magic again, because not only are fanged deer real, it turns out unicorns are, too. Well, sort of. In August, a hunter shot an elderly roe deer bearing a single, centered antler in the forests of Slovenia, reports National Geographic . It's not uncommon to... More »

Scientists Spot Elusive Fanged Deer

Kashmir musk deer identified in Afghanistan for first time since 1948

(Newser) - A deer with fangs: It sounds made-up, and scientists hadn't seen one in Afghanistan since 1948. But researchers have found that the musk deer still exists in the country's Nuristan Province. In fact, they've spotted the creatures five times: a male three times, a female and a... More »

Zoo Admits It Kills Extra Deer, Serves Them to Eat

Also on the menu in restaurants at Zurich's Langenberg zoo: wild boar

(Newser) - "Deer cutlet" and "braised wild boar roast" on a restaurant menu might warrant a double-take no matter what—but probably a little more so when it's a zoo restaurant doing the serving. "Is this not an April Fools' joke?" a visitor to the Langenberg wildlife park... More »

41 Charged in Massive Deer Collision Insurance Scam

Cops: Philly body shop owner made an art of it

(Newser) - Insurance companies must have thought deer were overrunning the city of Philadelphia based on the number of accidents being reported. Turns out, those "accidents" were the work of a criminally imaginative body shop owner, say prosecutors. They charged 63-year-old Ron Galati and 40 other people—including his wife, his... More »

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