Columbia Co. officials looking for missing, possibly infected deer

HOLLOWVILLE, N.Y. — The Columbia County Department of Health is looking for an individual who may have picked up a dead deer in Hollowville in the town of Claverack.

The deer had been acting strangely and may have had rabies or another serious disease. The deer may present a health hazard for anyone who may have had contact with it or who consumes the meat.

The animal disappeared from the front yard of a home on county route 16 on the morning of Friday, April 25, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. A neighbor of the home noted a silver pickup truck moving slowly down the road around the time the animal disappeared from the residence.

According to State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Peter Brinkeroff, he received a call from the property owner on Thursday evening reporting that the deer was stumbling around the yard, bumping into trees and a fence there. The home owner killed the deer and arranged with Officer Brinkeroff to have the animal picked up by ENCON the following morning. Before that official pick up took place, the animal disappeared from the yard.

Health officials are concerned that the deer might have exposed people to rabies.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the deer should call the Columbia County Sheriff Department at 828-3344.

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