Missouri conservation officials to discuss deer disease

Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) – Missouri conservation officials are holding a public meeting Saturday to discuss a disease affecting deer in the northern part of the state.

Five cases of chronic wasting disease have been found recently among deer in Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan counties.

The meeting Saturday will be held at New Cambria High School in Macon County. Conservation Department officials will provide information about the afflicted deer and the agency's plans for managing the disease.

The Conservation Commission is already restricting placement of grain, salt, minerals and other food in areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. Officials say chances for the disease to spread are increased when deer gather for activities such as feeding.

The commission has also lifted restrictions on hunting young male deer.

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