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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Deer With Tumor

I have been watching this doe for about 3 yrs now and this tumor continues to grow. As you can see it is barely a foot off the ground now and I don't know how she makes it through the woods with that thing. I also wonder if it is causing her much pain? I also wonder if the PGC put this deer down or just let nature take its course?
I circled the tumor in the pictures but I don't really think you could miss seeing it.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 06:21 AM
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I had one on my property a couple years ago around the shoulder like that. Had it on trial cam then during early muzzy seen it close up one time. Never seen it past that.
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There was an eight point with a growth that looked like it wore a saddle from one side. Never saw him after that first year.

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It is a fibroma. That is the equivalent of a person with a large wart. It is only on the skin and causes the deer no discomfort other than the fact it has to carry it around and it gets caught on things. The biggest concern is when they grow over the face and the deer to not be able to see or eat properly.

I deer can also have the fibroma shrink, over time, and completely disappear.

The meat is also fine to eat since the fibroma is only on the skin of the deer.

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I shot a buck in archery some years ago that looked similar to that. It was actually an abdominal hernia. When I dressed it out, a good portion of its intestines were inside the sac. Not saying that is the case with that doe, but it is a possibility. If it is a hernia, it will probably catch on something and tear open, resulting in a slow death. Could be a harmless fibroma as well.
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It is a fibroma. That is the equivalent of a person with a large wart. It is only on the skin and causes the deer no discomfort other than the fact it has to carry it around and it gets caught on things. The biggest concern is when they grow over the face and the deer to not be able to see or eat properly.

I deer can also have the fibroma shrink, over time, and completely disappear.

The meat is also fine to eat since the fibroma is only on the skin of the deer.

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The one I mentioned I was pretty close and swore it was full of fluid.
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Just an update on the doe with the tumor. Got her on the trail cam again and this time she had a fawn with her. She has produced fawns for the last 3 years or so. The growth must not affect her ability to reproduce.
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That latest picture has me thinking it's a hernia. Look at how "deflated" she looks in front of the ham.
Could just be from the weight if it's a fibroma, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a hernia.
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