Hair Loss Syndrome in Black-tailed deer – Oregon Coast Range

This doe is healthy enough to bear and raise twins this summer.  She had a lot more hair a couple months ago.

black-tailed deer with hair-loss syndrome
black-tailed deer with hair-loss syndrome

But her hair loss is pretty severe right now.

You can see  the difference in the doe’s coat in a previous post: https://pamperingcampers.wordpress.com/tag/hair-loss-syndrome-in-black-tailed-deer/

twin black-tailed fawns
Twin Fawn Butts

Although the fawns look like they have a healthy covering of hair (why is it called hair and not fur?), it looks like they’ve lost hair on their faces and necks.

Fawn with some hair loss
Fawn with some hair loss

Does and fawns are more susceptible to the syndrome (caused by a mite I believe).  Mortality is higher in fawns.  If they lose too much hair, they can’t survive the cold winter months.

More info here: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/health_program/hairloss/

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