Jan 5, 2014 at 7:16 am
A second deer taken from unit 3-F-2 in southwestern North Dakota during the 2013 deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
A hunter shot the adult whitetail buck in Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program. Testing was performed at Michigan State University. Samples from the eastern third of the state, should be known in another month.
This is the fifth deer to test positive for CWD since 2009, and all were from the same general area within unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota.
CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock.