2ND ND Mule Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
- BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press 0
Published: December 13, 2010
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A second mule deer killed in south central North Dakota
has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove says the hunter shot
the doe in western Grant County in November and submitted the head for testing
as part of a state surveillance program for the fatal disease that strikes the
nervous system in members of the deer family.
CWD has long been present in wild and captive deer and elk in several states and
Canadian provinces, but North Dakota had been free of the disease until a mule
deer killed in Sioux County in the fall of 2009 tested positive. Wildlife
officials have stepped up monitoring efforts among animals along the North
Dakota-South Dakota border since then.
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