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Mandatory chronic wasting disease testing to be conducted

Craig Press staff report

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting a mandatory chronic wasting disease testing during the 2018 hunting season.

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct a mandatory chronic wasting disease testing during the 2018 hunting season, according to a news release from the agency.

This is an effort to continue collecting more information about the disease and how it affects deer herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is important for data collection on this disease, which impacts long-term health of deer herds, according to a CPW release.

Starting the this week, CPW will send out letters to Colorado rifle season buck hunters who have been selected for a mandatory chronic wasting disease testing. About 31 game management maps are included in the letter.

CPW is also notifying hunters of other changes related to the CWD samples and CWD-positive test results. The purpose of the changes is to make the CWD submission and testing program more efficient and cost effective.

The changes include the following.

• CPW will no longer refund license fees to hunters who harvested a CWD positive animal. This change brings CPW in line with other state’s CWD regulations and helps ensure the testing program will have funding moving forward.

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• CPW will not offer replacement antlerless licenses for the same species as the one harvested.

• Hunters whose deer tested positive for CWD will receive a letter from CPW explaining what they currently know about the disease, disposal recommendations, and public health information. Online resources will be provided for additional information. Hunters with a positive CWD-positive animal will be notified by phone and email.

• CPW will still reimburse costs incurred from processing a CWD-positive animal. The standard rate is up to $100 for animals non-commercially processed and up to $200 for deer and elk that are commercially processed. The maximum reimbursement for commercial processing moose is $250.

More information about CWD and this year’s mandatory sample will be available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/cwd.