Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) – Missouri agriculture officials say a
captive white-tailed deer has tested positive for a fatal illness
called chronic wasting disease.
The state Agriculture Department said Wednesday the deer was
kept on Macon County property owned by Heartland Wildlife Ranches.
The company also owns a captive hunting preserve in nearby Linn
County where a deer was diagnosed with chronic wasting disease in
The neurological disease afflicts deer, elk and moose. The
disease is contagious among those animals, but experts say there’s
no evidence that it poses a risk to humans, other livestock, pets
or food safety.
The Macon County deer was inspected as part of the state’s
chronic wasting disease testing and surveillance program.