Utah wildlife officials collecting deer samples

Utah wildlife officials collecting deer samples

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is collecting samples from deer and elk to monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The Spectrum of St. George reports the disease can affect the animals' nervous system, causing them to stop eating and die from starvation.

Among other things, biologists look for deer that appear emaciated, have droopy ears and salivate excessively to determine if they have the disease.

The division says 43 positive-tested deer have been discovered in Utah. Thirty-one of the 43 deer came from the La Sal Mountains, six came from the Vernal area and one was taken near the south end of Flaming Gorge. One was killed near Fountain Green and four were taken 15 to 20 miles north of Fountain Green.


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