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No new CWD cases discovered after processing samples

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal infection that affects deer, elk and other cervid species. Ken Taylor/NWRC photo Chronic wasting disease is a fatal infection that affects deer, elk and other cervid species. Ken Taylor/NWRC photo

After processing about 7,000 deer tissue samples, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission hasn’t found any instances of Chronic Wasting Disease outside the single positive result returned from a deer in Yadkin County. 

During the 2021-2022 season, biologists collected more than 7,200 deer tissue samples from hunters, meat processers, taxidermists, roadkills and sick deer. Those samples were sent to the Wisconsin Veterinarian Diagnostic Lab.

“We are still collecting samples from roadkill, depredation harvest and late submissions, but we feel confident enough with these results to move forward and focus our CWD response plan efforts in Yadkin County and the surrounding areas,” said Brad Howard, wildlife management division chief with the Wildlife Commission.

CWD is a fatal, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, caused by abnormal prion proteins, that affects white-tailed deer and other cervids, including elk. 

The Wildlife Commission has also initiated temporary rules aimed to improve testing efforts and reducing human-assisted CWD spread. A public hearing on those rules will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in Yadkin County, with a virtual option available and written comments accepted through May 20. 

To read or comment on the rules or to join the hearing, visit ncwildlife.org/proposed-regulations. To learn more about CWD, visit ncwildlife.org/cwd.

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