brainworm

[breyn-wurm]
noun
a microscopic, parasitic roundworm that infests the brain of large hoofed animals, as deer.
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Although the brainworm has little effect on white-tailed deer, it can cause a fatal neurological disease in moose.
We haven't seen mortality due to brainworm or from tick infestations that would account for that kind of loss.
Elk, on the other hand, are not threatened by the meningeal brainworm nor do elk compete with deer for the same foods.
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