Mule deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Carbon County

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RAWLINS, Wyoming — Officials at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's disease laboratory in Laramie say a 4-year-old mule deer buck taken in Carbon County during hunting season tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

According to the Rawlins Daily Times ( ), the agency collects about 4,000 samples through hunter field checks and at sampling stations to determine where the infections occur.

The disease a contagious neurological disorder that is usually fatal to deer, elk and moose. It causes a spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in weight loss and abnormal behavior.

There's no evidence that meat of infected animals can spread the disease to humans, but tests are done as a precaution and to give wildlife managers data on the prevalence of the disease.

Information from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times,

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