The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters about testing for chronic wasting disease. CWD is a fatal disease of the central nervous system in deer and elk. DNR has checkpoints and sample drop off stations in several areas, where hunters can opt to have their harvest tested says Wildlife Chief Mike Wefer:
“The reason we have the check station open is to get more data and find out where the disease is located. Another question is, even though people cannot catch CWD from eating CWD positive deer meat that we are aware of, the CDC still recommends not consuming venison, or deer meat, that tests positive.”
Hunters can also submit samples at participating meat processors and taxidermists. For a list of locations, visit: hunt illinois dot org.
***Courtesy of the Illinois Department for Central Management Services***