News

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Iowa Deer

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Iowa Deer

Photo: clipart.com

Chronic Wasting Disease, for the first time, has been detected in a wild deer in Iowa. The animal was shot by a hunter in northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County back in early December, but Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins says his agency just recently learned the deer tested positive for CWD.

CWD is a neurological disease affecting primarily deer and elk. It’s fatal for the animals, but there is currently no evidence that humans can contract CWD by eating venison. Baskins notes they’ve only found one deer with the disease and it was shot along the Mississippi River. Across the river, in Wisconsin, is an area where CWD has been common.


The disease is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion (PREE-on), that attacks the brains of infected animals. Baskins says the challenge in controlling the spread of CWD surrounds the fact that prions can get in the soil and remain there for a long time.


The DNR has been testing for CWD in Iowa’s deer herd for more than a decade. This is the first positive CWD detection in a wild deer in Iowa. It’s previously been detected in every state bordering Iowa.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Iowa Lawmakers Work Ahead of Holiday

Iowa state capital 2

Iowa lawmakers got an extra early start to this Memorial Day weekend.

in Local

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Allow Illegal Children to Have Licences

nebraska-state-capital

State lawmakers have moved to end Nebraska's status as the only state left that denies driver's licenses to the children of illegal immigrants.

in Local

Nebraska Governor Please with Spending Plan

money one hundred dollar bill

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is pleased with the $8.6 billion spending plan for the next two years.

in Local

South Dakota Senator Recognizes Air Veterans

flag

In honor of the Memorial Day observance, South Dakota Senator John Thune made a floor speech recognizing the air aces of American military forces.

in Local

Increased Patrol on I-90 Memorial Day Weekend

police lights

Law enforcement agencies in South Dakota and Minnesota will be out in full force this weekend along Interstate 90.