Virtual Meeting to be Held on Chronic Wasting Disease

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a virtual public meeting later this month regarding Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance and management efforts.

The Zoom meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, November 29th. Those who would like to attend must register in advance by clicking here. Attendees will need a computer or smart device with a secure internet connection.

As of November 14th, a total of 263 wild deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease in 16 Iowa counties. State wildlife veterinarian Dr. Rachel Ruden says all Iowans are encouraged to stay up to date on where CWD has been found as it continues to expand so they can make informed consumption decisions.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a neurological disease that attacks the brain of infected deer causing it to lose weight, display abnormal behavior, and lose body functions. The disease is always fatal to the infected animal and is present in all tissues, including the meat.