Deer wasting disease found in 2 NE Iowa counties

Deer wasting disease found in 2 NE Iowa counties

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DES MOINES — Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in wild deer from Woodbury, Winneshiek, Fayette and Decatur counties this year, bringing the total number of counties where wild deer have tested positive to eight.

“We will schedule meetings in these areas in the next few months to discuss chronic wasting disease, our response and the role hunters play in helping us to manage for this disease,” said Tyler Harms, wildlife biologist with the Iowa DNR.

The DNR sets up surveillance zones and works with hunters to collect samples and get a better idea of the spread of the disease.

The Iowa DNR submitted nearly 7,000 deer tissue samples for testing from hunter harvested or road killed deer collected statewide in the 2019-2020 season that resulted in 43 positive wild deer.

The DNR contacted all hunters with a positive deer and offered options for carcass disposal. The Centers for Disease Control advises against consuming animals that have tested positive.

The Iowa DNR has been testing deer for chronic wasting disease since 2002. The first positive was in 2013 near Harpers Ferry in Allamakee County. To date, there have been 89 positive wild deer. More information is available online at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Deer-Hunting/Deer-Disease-Information.

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