Five neonatal mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and five yearling mule deer were experimentally infected with Elaeorphora schneideri. Infections ranging from 2 to 31 parasites established in 9 of 10 animals. Evidence of elaeophorosis was not observed in any animal, indicating that mule deer are normal definitive hosts.

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This research is supported by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.