Invasive lice causing baldness, death in U.S. deer

May 28, 2013 8:41 PM

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Invasive lice causing baldness, death in U.S. deer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California wildlife officials in say an invasion of aggressive lice is causing deer across the state to go bald and is linked to numerous deer deaths.

The San Francisco Chroniclereports that since 2009, researchers have collected hair and blood samples from more than 600 deer and elk with symptoms ranging from a scruffy-looking coat to almost complete baldness.

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