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Nov. 9, 2011LINN COUNTY, MO | By: ALLISON
Missouri hunters are being asked to help monitor free range deer.
This is a response to a second northern Missouri case of chronic wasting disease discovered in a captive white-tail deer. So far there have only been two reports of CWD in captive deer in Linn and Macon counties. The disease attacks the nervous systems of cervids which includes deer, elk and moose. The disease is not a threat to humans, live stock or other animals. The testing does not affect the food value of the animal and only takes a few minutes. News service coordinator for the MIssouri Department of Conservation Joe Jerek says the hunters are a vital part of keeping the free-ranging deer population healthy.