posted on Sep, 18 2013 @ 10:13 AM
Either way, I think it's far more logical to believe this disease that kills within 8 hours, which is also extremely common this time of year is
responsible for the deaths.. far more logical than Aliens.
It may be more logical than Aliens, but it's not logical to assume EHD is the cause.
First, the 8 hours figure is not proof of anything. 8 hours is the LEAST POSSIBLE TIME before the animal goes into shock. You are citing an extreme
and proposing it as common. It is not common for it to kill within 8 hours, in fact that's incredibly uncommon, it's the low end of the scale. Not the
average or median time it takes to kill.
Second, these are Elk not Deer. The facts show that, if it happens at all, Elk being infected with EHD is very very uncommon:
Although elk have been known to be exposed to these viruses, there is no evidence that elk are ever affected by the disease.
Other wildlife, like mule deer, elk, and bighorn sheep could be exposed to the disease but are usually not stricken like white-tailed deer. No
evidence of an outbreak in these species has been found at this time nor in past outbreaks in recent years.
Members of the Cervidae family (deer, elk, moose, reindeer) are the most susceptible. Mule deer and white-tailed deer are the primary known
hosts of this virus. Elk have been documented with EHD occasionally.
In fact the only reference to Elk being killed by EHD is from a very recent article that specifically talks about the Elk death's this thread is
talking about, which is suspicious considering there has not been finding released to confirm this.
You also say HD is contagious, it's not. It cannot be spread animal to animal, only fly to animal.
So no, it's not logical to assume that a disease which almost never kills that fast and almost never kills Elk (if ever) would be responsible for the
death of 120+ Elk all at once (or at least in a quick timeframe) That would actually be very illogical to assume.
I can understand your frustration with the alien angle, there is no reason to involve that here without more evidence, but you are reaching WAY too
far to disprove something which doesn't even need disproving. If you want to suggest EHD is the cause of this, it's up to YOU to provide evidence. You
have yet to provide anything other than untruths and twisted facts.
edit on 18-9-2013 by James1982 because: (no reason given)