The deer have returned. The buck seems to be suffering from a lumbar paralysis like Surra though. I take it that is why he came for apple leaves. It was obvious he was stiff in the haunches. The apple leaves will skunk out his trypanosomes I imagine. He didn’t even touch any of the apples, as usual because they wait until the apples fall off by themselves. I didn’t see, but there is an adjacent tree that usually has lots more apples already on the ground. If people don’t want the leaves, the deer will take ’em. Right around now, Canadian Thanksgiving, is the optimal time to pick apple leaves around here because the proteolytic enzymes are maximal at this time of the year.
What this really underscores is that the vectors are active at this time of year when the salmon spawn. That deer is suffering from a recently acquired nematodiasis. It is a dangerous time of year, and coincides with the best time to harvest apple leaves. Take appropriate countermeasures with DEET and permethrin infused PPE. Or you can just eat the apple leaves, the only known second line vector defense.
Why not just use albendazole and Ivermectin to kill the nematodes? Coupled with the nematode biofilm brain, the entity is smarter than humans. When you try to kill it, it will kill you. It can live without the host when pressed. Apple leaves are preferred because they let the nematode out alive and where it can continue to survive independently apparently. In proximity to a biofilm infused host, it is still able to communicate with it in proximity. Likewise, I could feel the presence of the deer when it was nearby. It seems he had also tangled with the cougar and killed or mortally wounded it with his hoofs and horns. He is still nursing those injuries from that fight on top of the SURRA.