Penned deer operations face criticism for CWD spread


Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Region, Flickr.

In the wake of seven deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa, critics are condemning penned deer operations.

These penned deer operations are places where hunters can pay to hunt deer that are within a confined area. These areas must be at least 320 acres.

All seven cases of CWD in Iowa came from deer in confinement. It’s believed that the disease is more likely to spread in these confined areas, because the deer within the enclosure are more likely to come in contact with one another.

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