Hunters can help
monitor the deer populations in Northwest and Northeast Indiana for chronic
wasting disease (CWD) by voluntarily submitting harvested deer to the DNR
for testing during the 2018-19 deer hunting season.
The DNR Division of
Fish & Wildlife has established a CWD core surveillance area in Newton
County and Lake County south of Ind. 2. In those areas, the DNR hopes to
sample as many hunter-harvested deer as possible from Sept. 29-Dec. 23.
surveillance areas have also been identified in Jasper County, Lake County
(north Ind. 2), and LaPorte, Porter, Pulaski, and Starke counties in
Northwest Indiana, as well as in Steuben County in Northeast Indiana.
involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the neck of deer harvested
by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.
CWD is a serious
neurologic disease affecting white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose.
The fatal disease is transmitted directly through bodily fluids like feces,
saliva, blood, or urine or indirectly through environmental contamination of
soil, plants, food, or water. CWD is found in free-ranging white-tailed deer
in several Midwestern states close to Indiana, including Michigan, Illinois,
and Wisconsin. CWD has not been detected in Indiana.
Indiana, DNR will be collecting samples throughout the season with the help
of area processors, taxidermists, and businesses. During weekends beginning
Sept. 29, biologists will be stationed at Phil’s Truck Stop (3347 Ind. 10,
in Lake Village) and Jay’s Deer Processing (2651 Clifford Road in
Valparaiso) to collect samples for CWD testing.
During the week,
hunters may submit samples for CWD testing to area Fish & Wildlife Areas, by
appointment, during normal business hours. Additionally, partnering
processors and taxidermists will be working with DNR to ensure CWD samples
are collected for customers wishing to participate in surveillance.
Indiana, DNR biologists will be collecting voluntary samples for CWD testing
from deer harvested within Steuben County at Pigeon River FWA by
appointment, during normal business hours. Additional locations and hours of
operation will be available beginning opening weekend of firearms season.
For information, to
view a map of sampling locations, or to help, visit twildlife.IN.gov/9650.htm