Mike: I’m a wildlife pathologist at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Georgia. Someone forwarded me your blog in which you had posted a picture of a deer from Michigan with a swollen muzzle. I have a series of these cases from all over the country.
The lesion that he photographed is most likely chronic inflammation due to a bacterial infection. To my knowledge I’m the only one that has worked on these cases and I have about ten of them now from Georgia to Idaho. SCWDS has been working with deer diseases since 1957 and has examined many thousands of deer over the years. However, we have only received submissions of deer like this in the last seven years. I’m not certain what is going on but I’m anxious to get as much information about such cases as possible, even if tissues are no longer available.--Thanks, Kevin Keel
You run across something weird like the big-nose buck in the woods let us know, we'll get to the bottom of it, or try to. comment