Chronic Wasting Disease

The director of the Missouri Department of Conservation will be in Springfield this week to talk to anyone who would like to ask questions or share input about the organization.

An open house with Sarah Parker Pauley will be held Tuesday night, October 10, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

Parker Pauley said they’re especially looking for input in certain areas, one being the overall priorities for MDC.

Michele Skalicky

Tissue samples from deer harvested over the weekend in southwest Missouri are on their way to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky visited a testing site and has more.

Oldfield Packing south of Sparta was a busy place Saturday—the parking lot was full of hunters in camouflage standing around freshly killed deer in the backs of pickup trucks.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking hunters for help in its effort to watch for cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). 

More than 100 cases of the disease have been found in deer and elk in northwest Arkansas.  Because of that, MDC is continuing its increased surveillance efforts in seven southwest and south-central Missouri counties this fall and winter.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation has increased surveillance efforts for Chronic Wasting Disease in deer in southern Missouri after CWD was found in northern Arkansas.MDC staff have ramped up sample collection for a CWD testing process that has been ongoing in Missouri since 2002.Earlier this spring, 86 cases of the disease were found in northern Arkansas—82 in deer and four in elk.  CWD is spread from deer to deer and is fatal to the animals.  The neurological disease infects only deer and other members of the cervid family and causes degeneration of brain tissue.A focus area of 50 m

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Out of 7700 free-ranging deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri during last fall and winter, seven were confirmed positive for CWD.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County and one from Franklin County.

The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010.