Iowa DNR to host educational meeting on chronic wasting disease

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is pushing forward with their efforts to contain chronic wasting disease (CWD) in our state.

The DNR is hosting a meeting in Davis County on November 20 to discuss how local residents can help monitor deer for CWD. The majority of deer tested for CWD are collected during Iowa’s shotgun deer hunting seasons.

CWD is a neurological disease that causes deer, elk and moose to develop small holes in their brain. This causes the animals to become disoriented and emaciated, and eventually die.

It’s believed that the disease spreads from animals eating grass contaminated with the excretion of an animal with CWD.

The diseases first appeared in Iowa’s Davis County over the summer.

Read more here.

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