(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.