The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Monday confirmed the outbreak of deer-affecting disease in several Northern California counties, including Nappa.
According to CDFW officials, Surrounded Adenovirus 1, also known as Adenovirus Haemorrhagic Disease or CDAVV-1, is usually fatal to deer and spreads when they are in close contact with each other.
Reindeer hunting has been found in Nappa, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Tehama and Yolo counties. Residents of those areas are being asked to stop feeding wild animals and to report cases of the disease to the CDFW.
CDFW’s Wildlife Investigation Laboratory Drs. “Attracting deer for food, salt licking, or even water, is against the law for good reason,” Brandon Munk said in a statement.
“Because these artificial attractants can isolate animals and promote the spread of the disease, it is mandatory to leave wildlife alone, especially from an outbreak. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease, so our best management right now The strategies are to track carefully, and take preventive measures to limit the spread, ”he said.
In May, CDFW first began receiving reports of dead deer, wild deer and both of them rehabilitation centers. Through an investigation, CDFW officers were able to confirm the cause of CdAdV-1’s death.