This past weekend, was the opening of the firearms portion of hunting season in Missouri. And the Missouri Department of Conversation will have a better understanding of a deadly disease that affects deer thanks to hunters. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Chronic Wasting Disease has no vaccine and no cure. It’s an infectious disease that kills deer and other members of the deer family. It’s spread, largely by deer-to-deer contact and through the improper disposal of deer carcasses. This weekend, the Missouri Department of Conservation collected tissue samples from more than 18,700 hunter-harvested deer across 34 counties to test them from CWD. While the testing is mandatory, MDC focuses on collecting tissue samples on the opening weekend of hunting season because it gives them the best chance to collect the highest concentration of tissue.
In almost ten years of acquiring samples, MDC has collected over 173,000 tissue samples, with 206 positive Chronic Wasting Disease. Also, when hunters take part in the program they can get free test results to determine if their deer test positive for CWD. Visit MDC.mo.gov/cwd for more information. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro