BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A mule deer shot by a hunter in western Grant County in southwestern North Dakota has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
The testing done at Michigan State University is being verified by a national lab in Ames, Iowa.
It is the fourth deer killed in the 3F2 hunting unit to test positive for the disease in the past five years, and the first buck. Infected does were killed in 2009, 2010 and 2011, all in the same general area.
CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. The state Game and Fish Department has been monitoring for it since 2002 through samples taken from hunter-harvested deer.
Scientists have found no evidence that the disease can be transmitted naturally to people or livestock.