A deer examined constructive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Illinois close to the Indiana border, prompting intensified surveillance from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
DNR deer badysis biologist Joe Caudell says biologists will likely be at common hunter gathering locations in Northwest Indiana to gather deer lymph node samples this weekend — the opening of firearms season.
Providing the samples to the DNR is voluntary, however Caudell says they’re an vital a part of efforts to keep up a wholesome the deer inhabitants within the state.
“You know, the reason to help us out with surveillance efforts of this type is it’s trying to be a good steward for the resource,” Caudell says. “So whenever we are doing disease surveillance, what we are trying to do is better manage the deer population.”
Caudell stresses no CWD constructive deer have been present in Indiana.
“So, what we are doing, we are just looking to see if maybe a deer had moved in from one of these other states,” Caudell says
The DNR will likely be accumulating samples at a two completely different areas in northwest Indiana.
Phil’s Truck Stop at 3347 S.R. 10, Lake Village and Jay’s Deer Processing at 2651 Clifford Road, Valparasio.
Hunters who’ve their deer examined will have the ability to lookup the check outcomes on DNR’s web site, however Caudell says the testing takes time.
“It actually takes a while to get the test back from the lab,” he says. “So when a hunter checks in their deer they get a 13-digit number, what we call a confirmation number for that deer that they’ve checked it in. They can put in their confirmation number and they can look up the results of their deer.”
The Center for Disease Control says, “there have been no reported circumstances of CWD an infection in folks. However, animal research recommend CWD poses a threat to some sorts of non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals.” The World Health Organization says it is vital to maintain the illness from coming into the human meals chain.