UGA to study strange deer head

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 7:22 AM
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CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — Wildlife researchers at the University of Georgia will examine the large, swollen head of a deer killed in southwestern Michigan’s Cass County.

Michigan deer's head has experts puzzled.  AP
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Michigan deer's head has experts puzzled.

Dale Wallace of Goshen, Ind., tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that he shot the buck while bow hunting last week in Michigan. The deer’s nose is extremely large.

Scientist Kevin Keel at the University of Georgia believes the chronic inflammation may be due to an infection. Wallace says he told Michigan wildlife officials about the deer but they weren’t interested.

Wallace posted information about the buck on a website, where it was spotted by Keel. Wallace says he’s never seen a deer like it in 20 years of hunting.

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REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 12/13/11 - 08:54 am
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Makes Rudolph look normal.

Makes Rudolph look normal.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/13/11 - 09:00 am
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Elephantiasis?

Elephantiasis?

Cadence
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Cadence 12/13/11 - 09:08 am
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The poor animal. If it was in

The poor animal. If it was in chronic pain, killing it may have been a blessing. I hate to see an animal suffer.

Chillen
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Chillen 12/13/11 - 11:43 am
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1/2 moose and 1/2 deer?

1/2 moose and 1/2 deer?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/13/11 - 11:46 am
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I was thinking the same thing

I was thinking the same thing Chillen.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/13/11 - 12:24 pm
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If that really was Rudolph

Unpublished

If that really was Rudolph guess who is going down on the naughty column!

monkey165
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monkey165 12/13/11 - 09:42 pm
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This had to be the deer

This had to be the deer behind Rudolf when Rudolf made a sudden stop!

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AutumnLeaves 12/14/11 - 01:43 am
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They should check its DNA to

They should check its DNA to be sure, but like a few other posters said, it looks like a hybrid between a deer and a moose.

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AutumnLeaves 12/14/11 - 04:14 pm
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Had an image flash in my mind

Had an image flash in my mind this morning. Any chance it's a reindeer or a hybrid of reindeer and local deer? The antlers look like some types of reindeer antlers and that nose is shaped like a reindeer's nose! That would be more likely than a moose/deer hybrid.

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