If you see a sick or dead deer, you may just think nothing of it. Especially, on the side of the thruway it's not an uncommon thing. But, next time you see one you may want to contact New York's Department of Environmental Conservation

The DEC is tracking the spread of a deadly viral disease in deer that's spread by tiny biting flies called midges and the cause this disease called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Obviously, as we approach hunting season in Western New York and Buffalo, this is not ideal for eating meat. According to WIVB,

Symptoms in deer include fever, bruises in the mouth and nose, and swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips. An infected deer may appear lame or dehydrated.

The agency is asking people to report sightings of sick or dead deer to help identify outbreaks.