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tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2010
9:12 AM

Post #8015473

A friend had shown me a video of this doe, and told me where and when I might find her. Unfortunately she and I found each other at the same instant, and from fairly close quarters. She spooked, so I was only able to get quick shots as she bolted. This doe has to be uncomfortable! I'm so sad for her.
Other than cropping, the photo is unretouched.

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Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2010
9:17 AM

Post #8015492

What are those things on her?
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2010
9:23 AM

Post #8015500

Tumors.
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2010
12:38 PM

Post #8015900

That is really awful. Sure hope it isn't widespread. Or contagious.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #8016116

Deer overpopulation and lack of natural predation, likely encouraged by regional legislation favouring deer numbers for hunting purposes. Need some Wolves!

Resin
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2010
2:28 PM

Post #8016153

Agreed! I'm going back now to see if I can get some better photos.

This doe is very small, not much larger than a fawn of about 3 months. She sure doesn't have much going for her, poor thing.
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #8016162

There's no lack of predation here. We have a HUGE cougar population, and they often prey on our pets. There's also CARS! Never do I drive this mountain w/o seeing several roadkill.

Wolves? I could deal with that. They were here at least until mid 20th century. They are moving in now from Idaho/Montana, but it'll likely be awhile before they get this far west.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2010
3:18 PM

Post #8016311

Trouble is Cougars - being surprise predators - are less selective. They'll take any deer that happens by chance to come too close. Cars are even less selective. Wolves by contrast are run-after predators, that chase prey and cull out the weakest, easiest to catch.

Resin
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 3, 2010
9:05 PM

Post #8017028

I would take a look at some roadside deer to see if they have any of these tumors also...hopefully this is the only one...yes looks pretty uncomfortable.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 25, 2010
7:10 PM

Post #8062279

There is another possibility: Bot flies also called Warbles. I'd contact the local Wildlife Department and see what they have to say.
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2010
9:37 AM

Post #8065318

They likely are aware. This doe was filmed right next to the local Ranger Station.

I've gone back several times in the hopes of seeing her again, but only saw her the one time. I suspect she is gone.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
1:40 PM

Post #8065642

Yes I am sure the Wildlife department is aware of it - it is pretty obvious isn't it? But it could be tumors, cysts, or parasites. I thought you ought to contact the Wildlife people so they could tell you what it is, and what is causing it, and if it is contagious.
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2010
9:34 PM

Post #8093943

The problem is called fibroma, and it is highly contagious in bucks, but it's also self curing. This is the first known doe with the problem.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2010
3:07 PM

Post #8095207

Found a useful website about it: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12150_12220-26637--,00.html

Resin
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2010
2:58 PM

Post #8097247

Thanks, Resin! I'm always interested in learning more about nature, and it's wonderful to know it's not a serious problem/threat.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2010
4:32 PM

Post #8101150

Good to know that it isn't as bad to their health as it is to their looks ;-}

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #8106445

It's amazing what you can learn from others. I wonder if it will show up in Iowa someday. I agree with Resin, the weak need to be culled. I wouldn't like to have to worry about a wolf attack, but it is less likely than a cougar attack.
Redrock069
Oskaloosa, KS
(Zone 6a)

August 23, 2011
2:31 AM

Post #8772347

We got this pic on a trail came this year. We have been wondering what the spots are. Wonder if it's fibroma?

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tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 27, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8827004

Wow, it looks almost like gunshots. Perhaps she got tangled in barbed wire?
I don't know what fibroma looks like in the early stages. Sorry I can't be more help.
Sorry for the delinquent response. haven't visited DG much since ealy summer. Been spending my time outside. ;-)

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