State continues program to monitor for CWD
December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson
The second shotgun deer season is underway and the Iowa D-N-R’s testing effort for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is also ongoing. D-N-R wildlife biologist, Willie Suchy, says the disease monitoring involves taking tissue samples. “So, if our hunters encounter some D-N-R people who are trying to collect samples, we encourage you to cooperate. We are trying to do a good job of surveillance,” Suchy says. The D-N-R has tested some 47-thousand deer since 2002.
“So far we haven’t detected any C-W-D in wild animals,” Suchy says. The only cases of C-W-D discovered in Iowa have been in captive deer in Wapello, Davis, Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo counties. Suchy says they are keeping an eye on the deer in that area. Suchy says all the tests in those areas so far have been negative. The other testing effort concentrates on portions of northeast Iowa near Wisconsin and Illinois. C-W-D has been found in Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Iowa D-N-R’s website provides information about C-W-D and other information on infectious disease at: www.iowadnr.gov