COLERAIN TWP., Ohio (WLWT) — Police in Colerain Township found a strange deer earlier this week.
Our partners at WLWT reported that officers received a call about a deer on the side of the road that may been hit by a car.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the deer standing, staring off into the distance. The deer wasn’t fazed by any sirens or shouting and had “weird patches of fur” all over its body. Its skin was also discolored, said police.
After calling in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), a game warden told officers that these “zombie deer” have been showing up in the west side of Cincinnati.
ODNR reported that these deer have EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease). Some symptoms include disorientation or showing little or no fear of humans, appearing feverish, swelling, respiratory distress, lack of appetite and weakness, circling and other odd neurological signs.
EHD does not affect humans nor does it pose a serious threat to livestock, said ODNR. The virus deteriorates in fewer than 24 hours after death and cannot be spread from deer carcasses.