CWD case reported in deer
A buck shot by a hunter in southern Yuma County tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Colorado Division of Wildlife announced Monday.
This is the first case of chronic wasting in the region where the deer was shot.
The hunter submitted tissues from the animal to the division as part of the division's chronic wasting surveillance program.
The division will notify hunters in the area that the deer tested positive and that the division wants to collect additional samples.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological illness of elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer and moose.
Animals with the disease have been found in portions of northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming for more than two decades. Animals have tested positive for the disease in Northwest Colorado, as well.
Federal and state health officials have found no connection between chronic wasting disease and humans.
As a precaution, they recommend humans not consume meat from animals that appear ill or test positive for disease, including chronic wasting disease.