Chronic wasting disease detected in Iowa

Scary stuff. CWD has been knocking on Iowa’s door via southwestern Wisconsin for a few years now. And now it is here.

Iowa Environmental Focus

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has now been detected in Iowa.

CWD is a neurological disease that causes deer, elk and moose to develop small holes in their brain. This causes the animals to become disoriented and emaciated, and eventually die.

It’s believed that the disease spreads from animals eating grass contaminated with the excretion of an animal with CWD.

The disease was detected in a hunting preserve in Davis County.

Read about how the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is dealing with this situation here.

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