After testing more than 3,000 harvested white-tailed deer during the 2018-19 season, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state’s wild deer herd. That’s good news for both deer and elk.
“CWD is the single biggest concern for deer herds and deer hunting in North America. CWD has not been detected in North Carolina, due in part to past and current efforts to limit exposure of our deer and elk herds and environments to the infectious disease agent, prions,” said Jonathan Shaw, the agency’s deer biologist. “Despite these efforts, the risk of CWD entering the state cannot be eliminated, but the Commission is committed to protecting the State’s deer and elk herds with early detection being paramount to managing the disease if found in North Carolina.”
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(Photo source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)