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MO Wants Deer Samples to Test for Wasting Disease

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation will again ask hunters to help them during this year's deer season look for chronic wasting disease.

The disease affects a deer's brain and eventually kills it; so far no cases have been found in Missouri.

Last year, officials had to remove the heads of deer to test for the disease. But this year a more advance procedure will allow just lymph glands to be analyzed, which won't require decapitation.
However, the incision in a deer's neck needed to remove the glands might affect mounting a head.

According to the Department of Conservation, the disease was first detected in 1967 in deer within the northeast portion of Colorado.

It has been found among free-ranging deer in a very limited number of locations in the Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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