Deer Discovered With Chronic Wasting Disease

chronic wasting diseaseA deer that was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease was discovered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials near Montrose. The deer that died on private property in the area last spring, was analyzed by Colorado States western slope veterinary lab. Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that causes deer, elk and moose to lose weight and mental capacity. This is the first time the disease has been found in southwest Colorado, it has also been found in the north, on the plains and in the central part of the state. Studies have not found a link between chronic wasting disease and human health problems but hunters should still take precautions when handling deer, elk or moose carcasses. Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose can submit their animal for testing by CPW for a $25 fee. Pictured: A deer that died from Chronic Wasting Disease.

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