First documented case of CWD deer mortality in ND reported near Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. - A white-tailed deer found dead just south of Williston has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Dr. Charlie Bahnson, a wildlife veterinarian for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said, "This is unfortunate news because it means CWD is much farther south than the positive deer harvested this past fall in the northwest corner of deer unit 3A1 in Divide County."

The deer found near Williston is the first documented case of a mortality due to CWD in North Dakota.

CWD is a fatal disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause long-term population declines if left unchecked.

Since 2009, 14 other deer have tested positive for CWD in North Dakota, 13 from Grant and Sioux counties and another from the northwest area of Divide County.