INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tests have not detected any sign of chronic wasting
disease in more than 1,000 tissue samples taken from white-tailed deer
bagged last year by hunters in Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced the results of the
tests this week.
The Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab at Purdue University analyzed the samples
that state biologists collected at check stations last fall.
The state has been checking deer for the disease since 2002, and none have
tested positive. Indiana’s deer population is estimated at between 500,000
and 1 million.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that causes deer to
become emaciated, behave abnormally and eventually die.
Illinois, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have confirmed cases of chronic wasting
disease in captive and free-roaming deer.