On the Radio: Chronic wasting disease could reach Iowa’s deer

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses Chronic wasting disease – a deadly neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose.

A deadly disease that affects deer, elk and moose could soon make its way to Iowa.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a neurological disease that causes deer, elk and moose to develop microscopic holes in their brains. Before dying, the animals become disoriented and emaciated.

Every state bordering Iowa has documented cases of CWD. This past January, two deer tested positive for the disease just south of Iowa in Macon County, Missouri.

In order to limit the disease’s spread, hunters cannot transport these animal carcasses into Iowa. Additionally, the Iowa DNR is working with hunters to monitor Iowa’s deer population. Iowa hunters supplied 94 percent of the 4,500 tissues sampled collected in 2011.

If you see any deer displaying chronic wasting disease symptoms, please report the incident to the Iowa DNR.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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