I shot this young lady in West Sussex.
She was behaving normally prior to the shot and was part of a healthy looking group. Earlier in the week I'd counted a group of 74 on a neighbouring piece of land. I have taken countless deer off this land, without significant signs of disease in any.
At gralloch (in the field), the green offal gave no cause for concern (no lymphadenopathy). However, once home, inspection of the pluck revealed a small lesion, peripherally in the lower lobe of one the lungs. The bronchial nodes were normal, there were no their lesions and no parasites seen. The parietal surface of the thorax was normal.
Lump at tip of knife blade:
Away from the carcass (and with a different knife than would be used for butchering, etc) I incised the lesion, revealing a faintly yellow/green material. Part thick liquid, part friable solid. Not typically caseous but nonetheless, not normal.
Pluck turned over and lesion incised:
In the absence of other lesions/lymphadenopathy, any thoughts what this might be? Primary pulmonary TB lesion?
The meat is not destined for public consumption, just me and family. For now, I've kept the pluck and meat double-bagged and separate from other food.
Thanks for advice/opinions.