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2nd deer in southwest ND tests positive for chronic wasting disease

An adult white-tail deer buck shot in western Grant County during the 2013 deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease

The deer was the second taken in Unit 3F2 last fall that tested positive for the disease through a hunter-harvested surveillance program.

It was the fifth deer to test positive for the disease since 2009, all from the same general area within unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota.

Chronic wasting disease affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that chronic wasting disease can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock.