Illinois deer are suffering from a viral illness spread by a small bug known as a midge. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is making a comeback, confirmed in 47 wild deer, many captive western Illinois deer, and in some northwest Illinois cattle herds. It can be fatal. “It's an event that was pretty common in the southern parts of the United States and in southern Illinois,” says Doug Dufford, wildlife disease program manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “2013 and 2012 were the first years we really saw much of it in the northern part of the state”

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Dufford says chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological illness, in now in sixteen northern Illinois counties, making a debut now in Livingston and Kankakee Counties. Public information meetings are scheduled for chronic wasting disease. The meetings will start at 7 p.m. with a 40-minute presentation and discussion to follow.
Sept. 30 – Pontiac High School, Auditorium, 1100 E. Indiana Ave, Pontiac
Oct. 5 – Starved Rock Lodge, LaSalle Room, Starved Rock State Park, 2668 East 875th Road, Oglesby
Oct. 6 – Meadowhawk Lodge, Hoover Forest Preserve, 11285 Fox Road, Yorkville
Oct. 7 – Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 W. Walnut Lane, Channahon
Oct. 8 – Illinois State Rifle Association Shooting Range, 1589 N. 7000W Rd., Bonfield (approximately 7 miles west of Kankakee)
Oct. 21 – Stephenson Co Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring St., #3, Freeport

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