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Rumenitis was diagnosed on the basis of histopathology in 30 of 108 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) found dead during a severe winter in Saskatchewan. Rumenitis or rumen overload was considered to be the cause of death of 5 of these deer, and to have contributed to the death of 4 others (8.3 percent of the deer examined). Grain (wheat or barley) was present in the rumen of 76.7 percent of deer with rumenitis compared to 22.8 percent of deer in which rumenitis was not found. The pathology of the disease was similar to that found in domestic animals. The disease may be an important cause of mortality among deer consuming large quantities of food high in carbohydrate either by preference or because of unavailability of other food.
The Journal of Wildlife Management © 1975 Wiley