RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Wildlife investigators want hunters to know about a testing program aimed at researching whitetail deer. The commission wants to test whitetail deer from across the state to see if the deer have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
CWD is a deadly disease in deer and there is no treatment or cure. The good news is it cannot be spread to humans. CWD has not shown up in North Carolina, but there are positive cases in Virginia and 21 other states.
The commission's wildlife veterinarian Maria Palamar says, "If you, or someone you know, harvests deer this fall and are willing to donate samples, please contact the Wildlife Commission promptly. We'll collect the brain stem and retropharyngeal lymph nodes to submit for laboratory testing. Collection of these tissues does not interfere with a hunter's ability to retain the antlers or consume the meat."
Hunters willing to help Wildlife investigators test their whitetail harvest, should call the Division of Wildlife Management at 919-707-0050.
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