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Old Dec 11th 2011, 11:21 AM   #1
  Dec 2011
I don't know much about deer, but they walk through my yard every day, sometimes multiple times. They come right to my back door to eat the Kentucky bluegrass we put down last summer, plus our yard is full of baby pine trees.

There's a mother and 3 fawns/deer (not sure how old they are). There's also a buck that stays with them, but it useually only comes out to the edge of the woods.

There's something wrong with the ears of the smallest deer. It's ears droop down and they look like something is growing on the inside. It also looks like it has sores around only it's left eye.

I know it's just a wild deer and there's probably nothing I could do for it, but I was just curious if anyone knows whats wrong with it.

Here's a few pictures that best show what i'm talking about:

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Old Dec 11th 2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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  May 2009
  Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
Infection? Maybe from ticks..where are you located
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 03:14 PM   #3
  May 2009
  Northwest Illinois
Wow...have no idea what that is, but I hope somebody does...I'm extemely curious!!
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 04:39 PM   #4
  Dec 2011
I'm in NY, just south of the Catskill Mountains.

The second picture looks like the deer has red on its face, but that's just an artifact in the picture because the camera was pointed into the sun.

All the other deer look normal without any problems. This one doesn't seem to be as smart as the others. It doesn't have a problem walking over and eating our grass while were outside, the others tend to stay away and they're more jumpy when you make noise.

It looks kind of like it ears are ripped on the ends. Could it have been attacked by something, survived, and then got an infection?
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 04:50 PM   #5
  Apr 2009
In the first pic. it looks like the head is 4 times to big for the deer. Cheeks are swollen.
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 05:10 PM   #6
  Aug 2010
Could be deer ticks that caused the infection...

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Old Dec 11th 2011, 05:11 PM   #7
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
Looks like some type of fungus or warts.
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 06:48 PM   #8
  Apr 2009
  West Salem, Ohio
Maybe earmites??????
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Old Dec 12th 2011, 07:16 AM   #9
  Aug 2010
Would a nice subcutaneous injection of Ivermectin cure this condition?

Or could the nice lady pour some Cydectin or Ivermectin onto some feed for the deer who will then ingest the de-wormer/parasite killing drug?

Are mites killed off by Cydectin or Ivermectin (both are usually available from a local Vet).
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Old Dec 12th 2011, 04:40 PM   #10
  May 2009
That deer looks like Darren at the Pa auction the day after he passed out.

I think I would inject him with a 300 win mag and do him a favor.
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Old Dec 12th 2011, 06:38 PM   #11
  Jul 2011
  West Branch, MI / USA
yeah....he's got to be in some pain! poor dude.
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Old Dec 14th 2011, 06:54 PM   #12
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

Cervid: whitetails
I agree with Tim. Shoot and burn to kill whatever is causing this.
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Old Dec 14th 2011, 08:46 PM   #13
  Dec 2011
I'm not sure why, but they stopped coming down to the house. I don't know if they don't travel as far in the winter or maybe our grass is too short and they don't want it anymore. They haven't been down to the house in 3 days, but I saw them walking farther back in the woods yesterday.

I guess its not that common of a problem if nobody seems to know what it is.

I'm not going to shoot it. I'll either let nature take its course or maybe find a local wildlife organization to send the pictures to and they can decide to treat or kill it.
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Old Dec 15th 2011, 01:04 AM   #14
  Aug 2010
Do you read these messages closely Alltracturbo?

Deer farmers have not seen this likely because they regularly deworm and care for their deer such that most farmers don't allow ear or deer mites to consume their animals. Take a look at the link I posted, see the ugly picture. Look familiar?
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Old Dec 15th 2011, 02:24 PM   #15
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep

No doubt this is a parasite problem. As stated if you pour Ivermic or an equal product on some grain it would more than likely cure the problem this poor animal has. It would be the most humane thing a private person could do for a wild creature.
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