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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department believes it knows what is responsible for the mass deaths of pronghorn antelope, many of which have been found deceased without signs of injury.
Over the past several weeks, the bodies of these animals have been found across Wyoming.
The agency said a pathogen known as Mycoplasma bovis is causing the deaths, according to Fox Weather.
They distinguished this outbreak from Mycobacterium bovids, a different pathogen which can affect domestic cattle.
“While reported M. bovis outbreaks causing mortality in wildlife are rare, this is not the first occurrence of M. bovis being linked to pronghorn mortalities in Wyoming,” WGFD disease expert Hank Edwards said of the outbreak.
The agency suspects that the disease outbreak is the cause of death for roughly 200 pronghorn found dead without an identifiable cause since mid-February alone, according to the Billings Gazette.
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