Washington, MO

Three New Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Franklin County

The Missouri Department of Conservation is completing its sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease among the state's deer population.  Unfortunately, the news isn't good in Franklin County as three more deer have tested positive for the deadly disease in the Sullivan area.  All three of the deer were found within a mile of each other.  With the 2017-18 deer season winding down in Missouri the Department of Conservation is beginning to plan a targeted culling operation in the Sullivan area to try to remove any other deer who test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.  The scope of the operation will be less than five square miles.  Conservation officials are also advising local deer hunters participating in archery season to have their deer sampled for Chronic Wasting Disease.  They can have their deer sampled by calling the Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office at 636-441-4554.  While the news of three more deer in Franklin County testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease is concerning, the disease still isn't highly visible in the county.  The three positive tests were out of approximately 1,550 deer sampled in Franklin County.


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