Missing deer could have rabies

HOLLOWVILLE—The Columbia County Department of Health is looking for the person(s) who picked up a dead deer in Hollowville, Town of Claverack.

The deer had been acting strangely and may have had rabies or another serious disease. The deer may present a health hazard for anyone who has contact with it or who consumes the meat.

The animal disappeared from the front yard of a home on County Route 16, the morning of Friday, April 25 between 10 and 11 a.m. A neighbor saw a silver pickup truck moving slowly down the road around the time the animal disappeared from the residence.

According to an April 25 Columbia County Health Department press release, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Officer Peter Brinkerhoff received a call from the property owner Thursday evening, April 24 reporting that the deer was stumbling around the yard, bumping into trees and a fence. The homeowner killed the deer and arranged with Officer Brinkerhoff to have the animal picked up by someone from the DEC the following morning. Before that official could pick up the animal, it went missing from the yard.

Health officials are concerned that the deer might have exposed people to rabies. Rabies is always fatal if treatment is not started soon after exposure.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the deer should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 518 828-3344.

 

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