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Commentary: Missouri shows other states how to manage CWD for the long haul

From July 2023 to April 2024, Missouri tested more than 37,000 deer from around the state, and only 162 tested positive. Lindsay Thomas, Jr., of the National Deer Association writes about how Missouri has kept prevalence rates low for CWD in the 12 years the state has been fighting the disease. (Stock photo)

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently released its 2023-24 chronic wasting disease testing results, and the report contains good news and a lesson for deer hunters in other states: If the disease is discovered early, active management can keep infection rates low. That means productive deer populations and sustainable hunter harvest for the long haul.
In the 12 years Missouri has been fighting CWD, the disease has spread slowly to 39 known counties, but none of them has a prevalence rate over 3%. Compare that to southwest Wisconsin where prevalence trends in many CWD areas are now climbing into the 20s, 30s, 40s and higher infection rates.

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