More cases of chronic wasting disease found during deer hunt

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

In Montcalm County, a total of 17 deer from the following townships are suspected or confirmed to be positive for CWD: Cato, Douglass, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine, Reynolds, Sidney and Winfield.

The mule deer buck was shot by a hunter November 12 north of Chester on the Highline, in hunting district 401.

The bulk of Iowa's deer harvest occurs during the two shotgun seasons, which provide an opportunity to collect a significant number of tissue samples. The other four deer were all from south of Billings near the Wyoming border.

This is the first year any CWD-suspect free-ranging deer were found in Montcalm or Kent counties, according to the DNR release.

In anticipation of the disease coming to Montana, wildlife officials recently updated its chronic wasting disease response plan, and FWP director Martha Williams has assembled an incident command team to respond to the detection near Billings.

A Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks incident command team will be addressing the detection in Liberty County and may recommend a special CWD hunt. This hunt will come before the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission at their meeting Thursday in Helena for final approval.

"We've had really good cooperation from our hunters, so our focus now is collecting samples from some pretty specific areas within our target counties in order to reach our quotas", he said.

Iowa's 2017 deer hunting options enter the late stages with the second shotgun season December 9-17, followed by the late muzzleloader season and archery season, both of which are December 18 to January 10, 2018. The disease is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose.

To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in humans and there is no evidence chronic wasting disease presents any risk to humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. Of those tested, 30 cases of CWD have been suspected or confirmed in deer from Clinton, Ingham, Kent and Montcalm counties. TSEs are caused by infectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteins throughout a healthy animal's body to mis-fold, resulting in organ damage and eventual death.

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