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ND deer license sales suspended due to disease

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is suspending further sales of deer hunting licenses because of an outbreak of a deer disease commonly known as EHD.

That stands for epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Game and Fish Wildlife Chief Randy Kreil says the agency is receiving reports of EHD deaths in the southwestern part of the state, and the 1,000 doe licenses still available won't be issued.

It's not the first outbreak. In 2011, deer deaths from EHD prompted Game and Fish to suspend license sales and offer refunds to 13,000 license holders in several southwestern hunting units.

Kreil says it's too early to know whether this year's outbreak is bad enough to warrant a similar action. A decision won't be made until mid-October.