MISSOURI (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Conservation reported 28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties were found to have chronic wasting disease.
This brings the number of cases in Missouri to 103 since 2012.
The CWD-postitive deer were from the following counties:
- Adair - 2
- Crawford - 1
- Franklin - 5
- Jefferson - 1
- Linn - 2
- Macon - 4
- Mercer - 1
- Oregon - 3
- Ste. Genevieve - 7
- Stone - 1
- Taney - 1
The results come after MDC collected tissue samples from more than 28,000 deer over the past summer and throughout the fall deer hunting season. That number includes more than 20,000 tissue samples collected during MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season.
During the weekend, MDC staff collected tissue samples from deer harvested by hunters in 31 counties in or near where the disease has already been found. According to MDC, the number also includes more than 8,000 tissue samples collected from hunter-harvested deer through MDC’s statewide voluntary CWD-sampling efforts during the past deer season, road-killed deer and “sick looking” deer reported to MDC.
“Eight of the CWD detections were from hunter-harvested deer sampled by taxidermists or meat processors, who are all very important partners in helping us find cases of CWD,” said MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten. “Of the remaining 20 positives, 15 were from hunter-harvested deer sampled at our mandatory sampling stations, four were from hunter-harvested deer sampled by MDC staff outside of opening weekend through our voluntary sampling program, and one was from a found dead deer.”
Batten said that CWD was detected in four new areas of the state this season:
- Southwest Missouri in northeast Stone County near Reeds Spring;
- Southwest Missouri in southern Taney County on Drury-Mincy Conservation Area;
- Southeast Missouri in west-central Oregon County near Alton; and
- North- Central Missouri in Mercer County north of Mercer approximately two miles from the Iowa border.
MDC noted that hundreds of cases of CWD have been found in northwest Arkansas bordering southern Missouri, and CWD has also been found in Wayne County, Iowa, which borders northern Missouri.