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These Weird Things On Deer Are Worse Than What They Appear To Be

What the heck are these?! Fret not, as it is not some alien parasite out to get the animal kingdom to the brink of extinction.

The deer actually have fibromatosis. Simply put, it refers to a group of harmless soft tissue tumors. Its growth pattern is infiltrative, and it can negatively affect both fat and skeletal muscles. More importantly, fibromatosis can be observed in both humans and animals, so do be careful -- treatment primarily requires surgery. The good thing, at least, is that the mortality rate is very low for those who have peripheral tumors.


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These Weird Things On Deer Are Worse Than What They Appear To Be

These Weird Things On Deer Are Worse Than What They Appear To Be

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Oh, deer!

Oh, deer!

Fibromatosis is a common disease among deer.

It Obstructs The Face

It Obstructs The Face

Bucks and those no less than two years of age are likely to develop fibromatosis.

The Deer Can Barely See

The Deer Can Barely See

Fibromatosis in deer do not affect humans.

The Face gets Blackened

The Face gets Blackened

Deer with such tumors can live unaffected by it and wait for them to regress, but these ones affect the vision of the animal.

Despair

Despair

Fibromatosis are not a likely cause of death of deer.

Several on the Body

Several on the Body

Aside form blocked vision, fibromas on the face can affect how a deer chews and swallows.

On the Neck

On the Neck

Aside from the neck, fibromas are commonly found on the eyes, face, and forelegs.

Blocked Vision

Blocked Vision

Through research, it has been noted that deer have an immune response to fibromatosis, thus effectively limiting the disease.

Fibromas can lessen the capacity of deer to run, whether from natural predators or from hunters.

Fibromas can lessen the capacity of deer to run, whether from natural predators or from hunters.

Moreover, its meat is not contaminated by the disease, but aesthetically it's deemed repulsive by many people.

So Many Tumors!

So Many Tumors!

Deer with fibromatosis can be found in Michigan, Isle Royale, and British Columbia.

Heavy Tumors

Heavy Tumors

Insects who bite deer may be responsible for the disease.

Big Ones

Big Ones

Typically, the tumors are about 5-inches long.

At Night

At Night

The presence of tumors can cause stress or indirect injuries to the deer.

Eye to Eye, or Lens

Eye to Eye, or Lens

Fighting among bucks may contribute to the transmission of fibromatosis.

Looking

Looking

It is still not entirely known how the disease is transmitted, though experiments are being conducted.

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