Deer Hunting

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, a mature white-tailed deer buck stands alertly in a suburban neighborhood in Moreland Hills, Ohio. An Ohio legislative panel on Wednesday signed off on new deer hunting regulations that cut the number of animals that hunters can kill statewide. The rules also eliminate hunting zone areas and set per-county caps on bag limits. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

(FOX Carolina) - Researchers found coronavirus antibodies in a third of white tailed deer populations from four states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

APHIS said from January 2020 through 2021, samples were collected as part of wildlife damage management activities conducted in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Results show antibodies to COVID-19 were detected in 33% of the 481 samples.

The agency noted that this survey was designed to determine exposure of deer to coronavirus in their natural environment and not whether the deer were replicating and shedding coronavirus.

APHIS said it is working closely with federal and state partners, including the Department of the Interior, the CDC, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, to determine next steps.

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sirad23

Lol! All three are Democrat controlled states. This is just fear mongering propaganda.

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