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DEC: Watch out for rabid deer, which have been spotted in both Cayuga, Ontario counties

The Department Environmental Conservation is warning hunters that three rabid deer have been found in Cayuga, Cortland, and Ontario counties.

They have taken place in the last two weeks.

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They noted that one deer was found swimming in a pond in Ontario County. The deer was euthanized and sent to Cornell for testing. In Cayuga County a deer was found thrashing around — it was euthanized and tested. Similarly, in Cortland County a thin buck was found circling a yard.

All tested positive.

Officials say it could be a record-breaking year for hunting, as they’ve seen an uptick in its online education courses.

Hunting licenses are up 15% over last year.

The DEC reminds people if they see a wild animal acting strangely, very friendly or aggressive, to call the DEC.



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