Elk herd found dead in northeastern New Mexico

Dead Elk Herd in New Mexico

More than 100 elk were found dead on a ranch in northeastern New Mexico this week. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are investigating as the cause of death is not apparent. Tissue samples and water samples are being sent for testing.

The suspected cause of death is Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, which is a disease caused by insect bites that can inflict fatalities within 8 to 36 hours.

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Elk herd found dead in northeastern N.M.

Wildlife biologists investigating mass elk deaths

NM wildlife biologists investigating elk deaths

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