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MDC seeks hunter help for CWD harvested deer sampling

From Missouri Department of Natural Resources

-- As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor Missouri's free-ranging deer for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Conservation is asking hunters who take adult deer in Linn, Macon and parts of Adair, Chariton, Randolph and Sullivan counties to take their deer to processors and roadside collection sites for tissue sampling.

"The process of collecting tissue samples will take only a few minutes and involves removing lymph nodes from the head,î said Jason Sumners, deer biologist. ìThe tissue sampling will not reduce the food value of deer. For those who harvest adult bucks and are worried about the taxidermy value of their mount, we are also working with many area taxidermists to collect tissue samples from adult bucks for CWD testing."

Sumners said hunters who encounter or harvest deer in poor condition with no obvious injuries should contact their local conservation agent or MDC office. If appropriate, the deer will be tested for CWD.

He noted that the more than 500,000 Missouri deer hunters are vital partners in keeping the state's deer herd healthy, along with the supporting the state economy.

Processors and collection dates:

CHARITON COUNTY:   Salisbury Meat Market & Processing, 29047 Market Lane in Salisbury. Nov. 12-13

LINN COUNTY:  King's Processing & Catering, 33181 Hwy WW in Marceline, Nov. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. Purdin Processing, 100 C St. in Purdin, Nov. 12-13 and 19-20.  Sprague's Locker, 700 Brookfield Ave. in Brookfield, Nov 12-13.  Roadside Collection: Junction of Hwy 129 and Hwy 36 in Bucklin, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 19-20.  Roadside Collection: Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 129 in New Boston 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 19-20.

MACON COUNTY:   Special D. Meats, 30637 Lake St. in Macon, Nov. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. Buck Ridge Butcher Shop, 11245 Grouse Ave. in La Plata, Nov. 12 and 19. Roadside Collection: Junction of Hwy 149 and Hwy Z in New Cambria, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 19-20. Roadside Collection: Junction of Hwy 149 and Hwy J in Goldsberry 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 19-20.

SULLIVAN COUNTY: Tucker's Grocers & Processing, 355 W. Front St. in Green Castle, Nov 12-13.

The voluntary sampling effort is part of MDC's response to a recent case of CWD found in a captive white-tailed deer. It is the second of only two confirmed cases of CWD with both found in captive white-tailed deer at two separate private, captive hunting preserves in Linn and Macon counties. The facility where the first case was reported in February 2010 has been depopulated.

The second case was identified by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) in October 2011 as a result of increased surveillance required by the management plan implemented from the previous CWD incident. The Missouri Departments of Agriculture and Conservation, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), continue their investigation of the incident.

With the help of hunters, the MDC has tested more than 31,000 free-ranging deer for CWD from all parts of the state since 2002 with no cases found.

Sumners said Missouri residents who hunt deer, elk or moose in other states should be aware of regulations regarding chronic wasting disease.

The Wildlife Code requires hunters who bring deer, elk or moose into Missouri with heads or spinal columns attached to report the carcasses' entry by calling 1-877-853-5665 within 24 hours of entering the state. If heads or spinal cords are intact on the animals, hunters cannot process the meat or trophy mounts themselves and must take the carcasses to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry. Meat processors and taxidermists are required to dispose of spinal cords and other parts in a properly permitted landfill. Hunters do not need to report if they simply bring back meat, hides, antlers, teeth, skulls or skull plates with no brain tissue attached.

For more information, refer to page 9 of the 2011 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available online at www.mdc.mo.gov.

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