Is Your Deer Infested with Parasites?
Here's a news flash from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) about what might be living inside that deer you just tagged. The parasites are a bit weird, really creepy, but fortunately, of no threat to humans. What a relief. Seems like with the Ebola scare and flu season, all we need now is to fear our deer.
These wiggly critters include the:
- Liver fluke, which likes to feed on deer blood.
- Large lungworm. Spaghetti on the slither.
- Meningeal worm, which lives in the brain and, surprise, might cause some neural problems.
- Arterial worm. If you see a deer and you think he's taken a pinch of snuff because of a large chaw on his jaw, think again. This worm resembles tobacco.
- Abdominal worm. This one is often discovered by hunters when slicing into the abdomen of a deer.
- Larval tapeworm. Do you have a dog?
- Sarcocystis. Someone call House, because this muscle dweller sounds like something from that show.
- Nasal bots. I've felt like I've had these, too, after the flu, but these are maggots inside deer nostrils.
- Muscle worms. These could be in the backstraps (but again, these worms will not affect you).
- Large stomach worms. I'm not sure if the worms are big or the stomach is big, but hey, I am a grammar nut.
Of course, it's important to remember that these parasites are nothing new, and just a part of nature's natural order. Same as ticks, lice and chiggers. But to read about them in more detail, check out the QDMA article.