State wildlife officials say a disease has killed hundreds of deer across New Jersey in the last two months, thinning the herd in at least five counties.
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease has resurfaced in one of the most significant outbreaks in state history, though it has subsided in recent weeks. In an article in the The Star-Ledger of Newark, officials said there was nothing they could do about the illness, which is spread by tiny bugs. But they noted that the disease has no affect on humans and can't be transmitted through handling or eating infected deer meat
Since early August, the disease has killed deer in Morris, Union, Mercer, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties. State environment officials were aware of earlier cases this year, including one in New Brunswick; another case is suspected in Florence.