Second deer in preserve had wasting disease
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday a second deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease from a Davis County hunting preserve.
The first confirmed case of the disease in Iowa took place at the same facility in July at Pine Ridge Hunting Preserve near Bloomfield. Since then, several deer at a breeding facility in Pottawattamie County also tested positive for the disease. The majority of the cases were traced to a breeding facility in Cerro Gordo County. The disease is a fatal neurological disorder found in deer, elk, mules and moose.
DNR wildlife depredation biologist Greg Harris said the DNR has increased wild herd testing in the area since the disease was first detected in July. He said they’re analyzing 300 samples within a five-mile radius of the preserve.
“You have to just take it at face value,” he said. “There has been no chronic wasting disease found in the wild herd,” he said. “The DNR is doing its part to maintain surveillance on the wild herd.”
The DNR said the preserve is testing samples of all deer shot on its grounds, and said the positive test came from a sample of a male deer harvested Dec. 1.
Harris didn’t believe the news would affect hunters. And while he doesn’t expect they’ll find the disease in the wild herd, he said he can’t be sure.
“There’s always a chance,” he said. “That’s why were we’re doing extensive testing around the facility.”
There is no evidence to suggest CWD is transferable to humans. However, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship does not recommend eating meat tested positive.
Some information in this article was provided by the Associated Press.