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The Department of Conservation finds the first case of CWD in southwest Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Department of Conservation reports that a young buck harvested in Stone County in early November has…

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Department of Conservation reports that a young buck harvested in Stone County in early November has tested positive for the lethal chronic wasted disease (CWD).

This is the first discovery of CWD in Stone County and the first discovery in the state southwest southwest, according to the Ministry of Conservation.

The department also reports 10 other deers have tested positive for CWD this season with one from Adair County, four from Franklin County, one from Jefferson County, three from Macon County and one from Oregon County.

The 1

1 new positive seasons give the total cases of CWD in Missouri to 86.

The annual white-tailed buck was harvested at the private country opening weekend in the November shooter’s autumn season near Reed’s Spring, about 15 miles from the Arkansas border.

The positive test result is from one of more than 20,000 tissue samples collected by MDC from hunter-headed deer during its mandatory CWD sampling effort in 31 counties this fall.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been no known cases of CWD that infect people. In areas with CWD, the CDC hunters strongly recommend having their harvested deer tested for CWD before eating the meat. CDC also recommends that you do not consume an animal that tests positive for the disease.

MDC continues to offer voluntary state-of-the-art CWD sampling and testing of harvested deer through the remainder of the deer hunting period at the MDC regional offices, participating taxidermists and meat processors.

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