Two mule deer taken in September have tested good for chronic wasting illness, such as one particular taken through the archery season from deer gun unit 4B in McKenzie County, exactly where CWD had not previously been discovered. The other deer was harvested through the youth season in unit 3A1 in Divide County exactly where CWD was initially detected final fall.
North Dakota Game and Fish Division wildlife veterinarian Dr. Charlie Bahnson mentioned the acquiring in 4B marks the initially detection of CWD in the North Dakota Badlands.
“This is an iconic spot to hunt massive game exactly where men and women travel to from across the state,” Bahnson mentioned. “By no suggests does this initially detection spell doom for hunting in this location, as extended as we are proactive in attempting to hold infection prices from climbing. We also have to have to lower the opportunity of CWD spreading to new places.”
Game and Fish will assessment its CWD management method immediately after the deer rifle season and will take into consideration generating revisions for subsequent season. Though unit 4B does not have carcass transportation restrictions in spot for 2019, Bahnson does advise that hunters in 4B submit their deer for testing, and stay away from transporting higher-danger carcass components, such as the brain and spinal column, outdoors of the hunting unit.
Extra data on CWD, such as transportation regulations, can be discovered by going to the Game and Fish web page, gf.nd.gov/cwd.