BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A second deer killed during the 2013 hunting season in western Grant County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
It's the fifth deer killed in the 3F2 hunting unit to test positive for CWD in five years. Infected deer also were killed in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Game and Fish Department earlier implemented hunter restrictions in 3F2 to try to prevent the spread of CWD to deer in other parts of the state.
CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Game and Fish has been monitoring for it since 2002 through samples taken from hunter-harvested deer.
The test on the latest deer was done at Michigan State University. The results are being confirmed by a national lab in Ames, Iowa.