DNR and health officials encouraging hunters get deer tested for CWD

Saturday was the first day of deer hunting season for bow and crossbow hunters, and health officials want you to make sure you aren’t eating diseased venison.

Health agencies are encouraging deer hunters to get their kills tested for Chronic Wasting Disease and recommend that people only eat meat from deer that have tested negative for the disease.

CWD is caused by an irregular protein that is not destroyed by cooking the meat.

While La Crosse county hasn’t seen a case of CWD yet, DNR officials say they want to keep a close eye on its spread from the county’s southern neighbors.

” The reason that we’re really doing a comprehensive sampling effort in La Crosse County is the fact that we were short on our sample goals last year. We also recognize that just to the south, in Vernon County, CWD has been discovered. We want to make sure that we fully understand the spread of that disease, ” said Kris Johansen , the district wildlife supervisor for the Wisconsin DNR .

To find a place to get your deer tested, go to dnr.wi.gov and do a search for ” CWD sampling. ”

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