The Ottumwa Courier

December 14, 2012

Second case of deer wasting disease found


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Officials have discovered a second case of the deer-killing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Davis County.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a male deer harvested earlier this month at the Pine Ridge Hunting Preserve in Davis County has tested positive for CWD, the second positive test for the fatal disease at this facility.

As part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ CWD response plan, the hunting preserve has been providing test samples from each deer shot at its facility. So far, 151 deer and five elk have been taken according to the depopulation agreement with the landowner.

The DNR is continuing to collect and accept samples of wild deer harvested from the five-mile zone surrounding the facility.