Chronic Wasting Disease

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Fifteen free-ranging deer in Missouri have tested positive for chronic wasting disease or CWD.  The Missouri Department of Conservation sampled 18,400 deer for the disease during the fall firearms season. 

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At select testing sites around the state, officials collected samples from deer over the weekend to map out the scope of Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Management Biologist Kyle Hedges, along with other MDC officials and volunteers, worked from the parking lot of Bolivar Fire Station #2 on Saturday morning. It’s here, on the opening weekend of the firearms hunting season, where hunters brought in their deer to be sampled.

Hedges says the goal was to obtain high volume of samples in order to map the spread of this 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.