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Nov. 9, 2011LINN COUNTY, MO |  By: ALLISON

CWD in Deers

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.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation are asking deer hunter in Linn, Macon, Adair, Chariton, Randolph and Sullivan counties to take their hunted deer to a processor or roadside collection site for testing. In Linn county hunters can take deer to King's Processing and Catering, Purdin Processing, Sprague's Locker, roadside collection on the junction of Highway 129 and 36 or road collection on the junction of Highway 11 and 129. In Sullivan you can take deer to Tucker's grocers and processing. Testing will take place November 12th and 13th as well as November 19th and 20th.