Caught on Camera

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]

A reader from Larksville sent in this photo of a doe that appears to be besieged by engorged ticks or biting flies. The photo was taken on Larksville Mountain where, like many places, ticks are present.

But what’s ailing this deer has nothing to do with ticks, flies or insects. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission Biologist Kevin Wenner, the doe is actually covered with cutaneous fibromas, or warts. The warts are usually temporary and Wenner said even though they might become larger, it doesn’t represent a disease concern and they should eventually dry up and fall off.

That’s good news for this doe, as warts are probably easier to deal with than ticks or biting flies.

Capture anything interesting on your hand-held or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to [email protected]

By Tom Venesky

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