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What to do if you see a sick or dead deer

Please notify the DNR if you see a sick or dead deer or multiple dead deer in any one area. You do not need to report deer killed on or near a roadway. Reporting is the most efficient way to monitor disease and remove disease agents. Report your sightings of sick or dead deer to the DNR Wildlife Hotline by emailing or calling 608-267-0866. You will need to leave a message for the hotline staff to return your call. In your message, please include:

  • The number of deer.
  • If the deer were sick or dead.
  • The specific location where you saw the deer, including the county.
  • Your contact information.

Please note, in most cases, the department does not have the resources to remove dead animals, including deer.

Car-killed Deer

For information on car-killed deer, including who to contact for a car-killed deer that needs to be removed from a roadway, please visit Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions.

Chronic wasting disease

Notify the DNR of deer showing signs that could be from CWD. Be aware that deer with CWD will not show any signs until the final stages of the disease. Signs exhibited by CWD can also be caused by other diseases or conditions.

Clinical signs of CWD

  • No fear of humans.
  • Teeth grinding.
  • Notable weakness.
  • Drooping of head and ears.
  • Excessive thirst.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Walking in set patterns.
  • Nervousness.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Excessive salivation.
  • Diminished tone of facial muscles.
  • Excessive urination.
  • Severe emaciation and dehydration.
  • Inability to stand.