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DNR to discuss chronic wasting disease

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled two public meetings to discuss the status of the deer herd in Allamakee County.

A third hunter has harvested deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2014 deer season.

Meetings are scheduled at 2 p.m., Feb. 17, in the Harpers Ferry Community Center, 238 N. Fourth Street, in Harpers Ferry, then at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 17, in the Waukon Banquet Center, 612 Rossville Road, in Waukon.

After the initial CWD-positive deer was found in Allamakee County in 2013, the DNR increased its surveillance in a five-mile radius around where the deer was harvested to help determine the extent of the disease.

CWD is a neurological disease belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, prion diseases. 
It attacks the brain of infected deer and elk causing the animals to lose weight, display abnormal behavior, lose body functions and die. It is always fatal to the infected animal.

The Iowa DNR's wildlife staff sets an annual goal of collecting 4,500 samples. Since testing began in 2002, more than 57,000 tissue samples have been collected and tested, looking for the presence of CWD in Iowa's wild deer herd.
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