Ohio Confirms First CWD Positive Case in Wild Deer

No hunter wants to hear that chronic wasting disease has been identified in their state. Every year new states make the list and the newest state to go on the list is unfortunately the big buck state of Ohio.

According to a press release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a wild buck taken in Wyandot County tested positive for the disease. The Division of Wildlife is gathering additional details about the adult male deer taken by a hunter on private property and should release more information when it becomes known.

The Division of Wildlife is taking proactive measures. In the report they lay out an aggressive plan in order to figure out just how far the disease has spread.

The Division of Wildlife will implement its CWD response plan, which includes enhanced surveillance within a 10-mile radius of the CWD positive deer location in Wyandot County. Mandatory deer disease sample collection will occur on all remaining Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area controlled hunts. Hunters who harvest a deer in Wyandot County during the remaining deer hunting season, which closes on Sunday, February 7, 2021, will be contacted to obtain disease samples by Division of Wildlife staff.

CWD has been detected in 26 states and four Canadian provinces. The disease was first discovered in the 1960s in the western U.S. More information about this disease is available at cwd-info.org.

Hunters are being urged to handle meat with caution and may have a harvested deer tested at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for a small fee. Call (614) 728-6220 for more information.

If we have learned anything from other states is that once CWD is out of the bag there is no putting it back in. The best thing to do is try and contain it’s spread and limit it’s negative affects.