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Missouri conservation officials to check killed deer for chronic wasting disease

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 7:07 a.m. CDT; updated 9:25 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 10, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri deer hunters who head out during the fall season are being asked to help the state determine the spread of chronic wasting disease, especially in northern counties.

The Department of Conservation will take tissue samples starting Sept. 15 from deer killed in Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan counties. Hunters are asked to take their deer to collection points that will be set up in those areas.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the central nervous system of white-tailed, mule and other types of deer. It can be spread by contact between animals and through the carcasses of diseased deer. The disease has been found in wild deer in north-central Missouri's Macon County.


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Michael Dziadosz September 10, 2012 | 9:32 a.m.

Chronic wasting disease among deer population is bad. How about the Missouri Department of Conservation scrap all the millions wasted on reintroducing elk and black bear and otters. Seven elk cows and one calf died, should be a sign that for other reasons than over hunting is not the sole reason for no wild elk in MO and black bears included. Otters were introduced at a cost and now they destroy fish populations in our creeks and private ponds. Since MO cries "lack of money". Why doesn't our political leaders in the senate and congress pass a bill to funnel money into the general revenue fund for education or infastructure repairs. Stop letting the Mo Dept of Conservation waste money on things not needed. We the citizens have to tighten our belts, why don't the MO Department of Conservation do it's share too.
Elk,bears and otters are not conservation of our land and streams as so intended. Even devoting extra money to preventing Chronic wasting disease is the greater need, than elk,bear and otters.

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