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Aug. 19, 2013MO |  By: Snyder

MDC on Protecting Missouri Deer

Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD could hurt Missouri's deer population.

CWD is a neurological disease that affects deer. It has no cure, and is fatal. The infectious disease was detected for the first time in North Central Missouri in 2010, specifically Macon County. When identified, it was only in captive deer. District Supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation from Mound City, Russ Shifflet, says it is the goal of the MDC to keep the disease contained, but that has proven difficult.

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The MDC will be hosting a series of meetings coming up in the next month to inform the public about CWD, and to gather public opinon on ways to deal with this outbreak. Shifflet says the meetings' purpose is two-fold.

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The first of these meetings is scheduled for September 3rd, at the Macon County Expo Center. The next meeting in the Northwest region will be September 30th at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. All meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov.