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CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 3 Iss. 2 - July 2018 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 3 Iss. 1 - March 2018 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 4 - November 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 3 - August 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 2 - April 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 1 - January 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 1 Iss. 3 - November 2016 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 1 Iss. 2 - July 2016 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 1 Iss. 1 - April 2016 (pdf)


5 Year Strategic Plan for CHeRI (pdf) - In order to guide our research and extension priorities for the next 5 years of CHeRI, we have established a Strategic Plan to provide a roadmap to our mission.

Trueperella (Arcanobacterium pyogenes) in Farmed White-Tailed Deer (pdf) - Trueperella is a bacterium that can cause lesions in multiple areas of the body including the lungs, mouth, skin, and liver. It is a common cause of abscesses and pneumonia in deer. It also causes lesions on the face, ears, neck, lungs, and lymph nodes. It is one of the types of bacteria that is known to contribute to the disease lumpy jaw. In young fawns, it is a common cause of mortality (Ribeiro et al. 2015).

Common Disease of Captive Fawns in Florida (pdf) - Fawning season is a stressful time for deer farmers. From birth to weaning, white-tailed deer fawns have a high mortality rate. There are multiple reasons for the high death rate, but most are associated with the animal�s developing immune system and exposure to a variety of bacteria and viruses.

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Hemorrhagic Fever in White-Tailed Deer (pdf) - The viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease (HD) in deer do not cause illness in people, but they are a growing problem. HD is the most important viral disease of white-tailed deer in the United States. Large outbreaks have occurred in the northern Midwest and western United States. In Florida outbreaks are fewer and less severe in populations of wild white-tailed deer than are outbreaks among wild deer in other areas of the United States, but farm-raised deer in the state are proving vulnerable to epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus: one of the viruses that cause HD. This 6-page fact sheet written by Katherine A. Sayler, Charlotte Dow, and Samantha M. Wisely and published by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation describes best management techniques for outbreaks of HD in farm-raised deer. It includes strategies for best supportive care for sick animals, diagnostics, and integrated pest management to control biting midges that spread the viruses that cause HD, because the best way to manage HD is to prevent it.

Primary Screwworm Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel) (Insecta: Diptera: Calliphoridae) (pdf) - Screwworms are endemic to the Western Hemisphere and pose a serious threat to livestock, wildlife, pets, and humans (Williams et al. 1985; Mullen and Durden 2009; CABI 2016). The primary screwworm,� Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel) (Figure 1), also known as the New World screwworm, occurred in several areas of the southern United States before eradication efforts began in the 1950s (Krafsur et al. 1987). Although considered eradicated throughout most of North America, active infestations still occur in Jamaica, Cuba, and across South America. Typical insecticide suppression of the primary screwworm is not as effective as with other insect pests. Along with other control measures, the release of sterile insects, known as the sterile insect technique or SIT, was successfully used in eradication efforts in North America (Vyrsen et al. 2007). In October of 2016, the USDA-APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) confirmed the presence of primary screwworm in Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) on Big Pine Key in Florida. Key deer are an endangered species that have been found only on the Florida Keys, and several have died or been euthanized due to the 2016 screwworm infestations (FDACS 2016). A second screwworm species, the secondary screwworm, Cochliomyia macellaria (Fabricius) also is found in Florida; however, this species only infests dead animals or animals already harboring primary screwworm infestations (Byrd 1998).


The Cervidae Health Research Initiative: Promoting deer health to the farmed deer industry in Florida (pdf) - Dr. Samantha Wisely

Comparative Study of Theileria spp. Phylogenies and Prevalence in Florida On- and Off-Ranch White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) (pdf poster) - Hood, K., A. Cauvin, K.A. Sayler

Epidemiology of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus in White-tailed Deer in Florida: Surviving Year Around Exposure (pdf) - Sayler, K.A., E. Blosser, B. McGregor, N. Burkett-Cadena, C.L. Boyce, J. Loeb, J.K. Blackburn, J.A. Lednicky, S.M. Wisely

Collaboration and Communication of the Cervidae Health Research Initiative (pdf poster) - Moore, S.P., K.A. Sayler, S.M. Wisely

Identification of host-derived attractants and repellents for improving Culicoides management on deer farms (pdf) - Weeks, E.N.I., S.A. Gezan, J.A. Vann, S.A. Allan

Patterns of host use of Culicoides spp. in Florida: Implications for pathogen transmission and vector interventions (pdf) - Burkett-Cadena, N.

Viruses Discovered in Florida Farmed Deer (pdf) - Waltzek, T.B., J. Jacob. K.A. Sayler, J. Loeb, J. Lednicky, S.M. Wisely, K. Subramaniam

The Clinical Pathology of CHeRI: What Makes a Healthy Fawn (pdf) - Cauvin, A., N. Stacy, R. Shuman, K. Sayler

Newport Vaccine does not produce homologous antibodies against EHDV (pdf poster)

Comparative study of endoparasite burden of captive vs free-range white-tailed deer in Northwest Florida (pdf poster) - Flanders, S.L., C.L. Boyce, K.A. Sayler, S.M. Wisely, H.D.S. Walden

Prevalence of Parelaphostrongylus andersoni in white-tailed deer, other cervids, and bovids at a private sanctuary in northern Florida (pdf poster) - O'Leary, T.J., C.L. Boyce, K.A. Sayler, S.M. Wisely, J. Slapcinsky, J.F.X. Wellehan, H. Allgood, L. Archer, H.S. Walden


Necropsy of a White-Tailed Deer (video)

Additional Resources

Deer Farming- Emergency Preparation

Hurricane Preperation for the Deer Farmer 101 (pdf) - Hurricane preparation material, courtesy of the Southeast Trophy Deer Association (SETDA)

Wildlife Conservation

What Is in a Natural Resource Management Plan?

Improving, Restoring, and Managing Natural Resources on Rural Properties in Florida: Sources of Financial Assistance

Wildlife Forages

Establishing and Maintaining Wildlife Food Sources

Providing Wildlife Cover

Comparing Fall Food Plot Blends for Deer: Update

Dove Fields in Florida

Establishment of Food Plots for White-tailed Deer in Central and South Florida

Management of Pine Forests for Selected Wildlife in Florida

Managing Oaks to Produce Food for Wildlife

A Native Growing Season Forage for Wildlife - Teaweed,Sida acuta Burm. f.

Supplemental Feeding and Food Plots for Bobwhite Quail

Ten Tips for Encouraging the Use of Your Pine Plantations by Game Species

Ten Tips for Increasing Wildlife Biodiversity in Your Pine Plantations

The Value of Oaks to Wildlife

A Walk on the Wild Side: 2013 Cool-Season Forage Recommendations for Wildlife Food Plots in North Florida

Tips for Integrating Land and Wildlife Management: Deer in Ranchlands

Tips for Integrating Land and Wildlife Management: Deer in Forests

2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

Forage Planting and Establishment Methods on Prepared Seedbed

Soil Testing

Fertilizing and Liming Forage Crops

Perennial Peanut: A Quick Reference

Deer Health

White-Tailed Deer of Florida

Common Parasites and Pathogens of White-tailed Deer


Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Hemorrhagic Fever in White-Tailed Deer

If Foot-and-Mouth Disease Came to Florida: Potential Impact on White-tailed Deer in Florida

Neotropical Deer Ked or Neotropical Deer Louse Fly, Lipoptena mazamae Rondani (Insecta: Diptera: Hippoboscidae)

Trueperella (Arcanobacterium pyogenes) in Farmed White-Tailed Deer

Primary Screwworm

Legal Aspects of Deer Farming

How Do I Legally Sell Meat from Alligators, Wild Game, or My Farmed Game or Birds in Florida?

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Game Breeding Regulations

Cervids (Deer, Elk, Moose) Movement Requirements