Chronic Wasting Disease identified in deer harvested during 2020-21 season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that three counties would be under a disease surveillance area following the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in two white-tailed deer harvested during the 2020-21 season.

This includes Wyandot County and portions of Hardin and Marion counties.


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One deer that tested positive for CWD was a mature buck harvested in Wyandot County in the fall.

The other was a yearling doe from the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.

The first positive CWD case in Ohio was identified in 2014, according to ODNR.

CWD is a highly contagious fatal disease that affects the deer family.


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Meanwhile, two other counties are being discontinued as surveillance areas.

Holmes and Tuscarawas counties surveillance is scheduled to be discontinued on July 31.

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