Nichole Hannahs

Deer Population Tests Clean

by Nichole Hannahs on March 19, 2013 at 5:07 am

State Officials find no trace of Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio’s Deer population.

In a press release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources it states that 519 samples were taken from deer in 2012. For the 11th year in a row all the samples returned negative for CWD.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Division of Animal Health along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has conducted surveillance throughout the state for CWD since 2002.

While it has never been found in Ohio’s deer herd, it has been diagnosed in wild and captive deer, moose or elk in 22 states and two Canadian provinces.

Since the discovery of CWD in the western United States in the 1960’s there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.