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117 deer test positive for CWD in Missouri over 9 month period

A white-tailed deer
Ted Huizinga
A white-tailed deer

Chronic Wasting Disease is a 100 percent fatal disease that impacts members of the deer family.

More than 100 deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri during the 2022 CWD surveillance year. A total of 117 deer out of more than 33,000, tested positive from July 2022 to April 2023, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

CWD is a 100% fatal disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family.

Since the first case in wild deer was confirmed in 2012, 409 deer have tested positive.

MDC requires sampling of deer in select counties during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season. Other deer were tested in culling efforts in areas where CWD had been found.

Some of the positive cases were in southwest Missouri. They include:

  • Barry County: One
  • Barton County: Nine
  • Cedar County: One
  • Dallas County: One
  • Stone County: Four
  • Taney County: Two

Cases were detected for the first time in Barton, Carroll, Dallas, Gasconade, Hickory, Livingston, Ray, St. Francois and Sullivan Counties.
MDC is working to slow the spread while researchers work to develop a cure and additional management tools.

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.