Hunted deer in both Winneshief and Fayette counties have been confirmed with chronic wasting disease. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is not taking it lightly. In the coming weeks, a public meeting will be held in both West Union (on March 25th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church) and then Decorah (on March 26th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Luther College) to discuss the many things hunters can do to help monitor the disease.
Iowa DNR Wildlife Biologist Tyler Harms says: “The first and most important is to allow sampling of hunter harvested deer. Second, is to remove any mineral blocks and feeders that unnaturally concentrates deer and increases the chance of spreading any disease and finally report any sick or emaciated deer to the DNR.”
Harms wants Iowans to come to the meetings and ask their questions and get informed about a disease that could slow deer hunting for generations to come.
Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that attacks the brain of deer and elk – making them lose weight, act out of character, and die.
For more information on the disease visit: www. iowadnr.gov/cwd.