News / Utah / 

Deer hunt helping biologists study CWD



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

(KSL News) The first day of hunting season also gives biologists something to look forward to.

Clint Brunson is one of those biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). He was at a deer checkpoint in Coalville where hunters who got a deer could stop and have biologists check it for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Deer commonly get CWD, and it can be fatal.

Checkpoints throughout the state give the DWR a good idea of where the disease is. "It makes it easier for us. If we do find a positive, we know exactly where that sample came from. We try to be very specific when we collect those samples to have as hunter shows us where he harvested that animal," Brunson explained.

It takes a couple of weeks for samples to come back from a lab.

Chronic wasting disease is something humans are not able to contract.

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast