Third case of CWD in Iowa


Photo by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines), Flickr.
Photo by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines), Flickr.

A third deer in Iowa has tested positive for chronic wasting diseases (CWD) — a fatal disease affecting members of the deer family.

The third positive case of CWD was found in the same Davis County hunting preserve as the first two cases.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is collecting and testing deer samples around the hunting facility. They hope to collect 300 samples.

Read more here.

Another positive test for CWD in Iowa


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Photo by JaVieR PG, Flickr.

A second deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) at the same Davis County hunting preserve where the first deer tested positive.

The hunting preserve has been providing test samples to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for every deer shot at the facility.

Read more about the latest positive test here.

For more information on CWD, check out some of our previous posts: 1, 2.

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.

More deer test positive for CWD


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Five more deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa. The new cases were all found in Pottawattamie County.

The first case of CWD was found in Davis County in July.

Four of the six deer to test positive came from a breeding facility in Cerro Gordo County. That facility has been placed under quarantine.

Read more from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources here.

Chronic wasting disease detected in Iowa


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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has now been detected in Iowa.

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 disease was detected in a hunting preserve in Davis County.

Read about how the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is dealing with this situation here.