Kansas Deer Facing a Potential Outbreak of Footrot Disease, QDMA, Jan 3, 2017Footrot is a contagious hoof infection commonly found in sheep, goats, and cattle but also rarely in whitetails, according to SCWDS. As the name suggests, the foot swells and can actually rot away (the bacteria produce a toxin that can block a deer’s natural defenses against infection). Outbreaks typically occur in wet conditions and especially where animals congregate in high densities, such as around feeders.

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