After one positive test in each of the last three years, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department received good news on chronic wasting disease. All 1,300 tests from deer sampled last fall came back negative.
A 500-deer farm in Ramsey County is under quarantine, after chronic wasting disease was detected in a red deer. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says Friday a 2-year-old female deer tested positive for the disease.
A hunter-shot mule deer doe killed last fall in Grant County tested positive for CWD, the third case in state history. But Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove says all other samples have tested negative.
In the last two years, two North Dakota deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. These are the first two positive cases discovered in the state among thousands of deer tested over the last decade or so. Here’s a closer look at CWD with some common questions and the best answers science has at this time.
Samples will be collected this fall from hunter-harvested deer from the central part of the state, along with a couple of hunting units in the northeast and southwest. All moose and elk taken in the state are eligible for testing.
North Dakota wildlife officials said no more deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said tests so far have found no chronic wasting disease in deer in the Pine Island area.
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