Can deer catch COVID-19? What hunters need to know | Wisconsin News

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  Can deer catch COVID-19?  What hunters need to know |  Wisconsin News

Lindsey Long, a wildlife veterinarian with the Wisconsin DNR, said deer are susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 in people as well as the different strains.

But when it comes to humans getting COVID from deer, Long said there is no evidence at this time that proves this way of transmission, but suspects the likelihood is low.

“When processing or field dressing your animal, your deer — that’s the part where you’re removing the internal organs — our Department of Health Services recommends using the good hygiene practices that they’ve always recommended.  Wear rubber gloves or disposable gloves.  Make sure to wash your utensils,” Long said.

She also said there is no evidence that consuming or preparing meat would expose someone to the virus that causes COVID-19, but recommends people still cook game meats to the DHS recommended temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Long adds that the DNR will not be testing deer for COVID this gun deer season, but they will be accepting deer samples to test for CWD.