2 deer test positive for chronic wasting disease in southwest ND

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A whitetail buck and a mule deer doe have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in North Dakota.

A press release from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the two deer were taken during the 2017 deer gun season from unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota.

Since 2009, 11 deer have tested positive for CWD in North Dakota and all were from within unit 3F2.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove said “The department takes the risk of CWD to the state’s deer, elk and moose herds seriously. CWD is considered a permanent disease on the landscape once an area becomes endemic.”

In 2010, the Game and Fish Department implemented special regulations in 3F2 and surrounding units to limit the natural spread of the disease, and to protect the rest of the deer, elk and moose herds in North Dakota.