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DNR asks hunters to help them test for CWD

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HARPERS FERRY (KWWL) - Rob Cota has been hunting for 25 to 30 years. In the last few years, he says the deer he kills has a much bigger purpose.

 "I just feel it's only right to help the DNR and if we don't help them they're going to have to hire somebody to come in and do our job for us," said Cota. 

For the last few years, the deer Cota shoots has been getting tested for Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD.

The DNR is hoping to collect 200 samples collected from deer hunters in the Harper's Ferry area. Allamakee County is the only county in Iowa where the disease has been found so far.

"We've had four positive deer show up over the last two hunting seasons," said Joe Wilkinson, Iowa DNR.

CWD affects the brain of the deer and is always fatal. Wilkinson says if the spread of the disease isn't slowed down, it could affect deer numbers in Iowa.

"We want to make sure that we don't upset the balance of nature by maybe having a pocket where deer might disappear or numbers would go way down," said Wilkinson. 

The DNR is asking hunters and landowners who live in the area or have hunted in the area to help them out. They know the area, making them very valuable for these scientific tests.

"Is there an avenue coming from say Wisconsin, or is there some reason that they are coming from this immediate area. And if that's the case then we can look at ok is there anything more extensive we can do here or is it more widespread," said Wilkinson. 

Wilkinson says whether it's widespread or not, that will determine the next course of action.
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