The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory two-day CWD sampling efforts in 31 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples from harvested deer for CWD testing.
According to MDC, mandatory sampling dramatically increases the number of tissue samples the Conservation Department can collect in a brief period of time. The increased number of samples gives MDC scientists a much better understanding of the distribution and prevalence of the disease — where it is and how many deer may have it. It can also help find new cases in new areas.
Testing confirmed a positive CWD confirmation 25 miles from Missouri’s elk herd.
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