More Chronic Wasting Disease Turns Up in Utah Deer

More Chronic Wasting Disease Turns Up in Utah Deer

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- More chronic wasting disease has been found in Utah deer.

The mule deer were taken by hunters in eastern Utah during the late-summer archery hunt. One came from Diamond Mountain north of Vernal and the other was shot in the La Sal Mountains east of Moab.

Chronic wasting disease is fatal for deer and elk, but it's never been proven that humans can contract it from game animals.

The disease was first found in Utah deer in February. So far, four deer, all in eastern Utah, have tested positive for the brain ailment. Some deer herds in neighboring Colorado have been infected for 30 years.

During the latest archery hunt, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources tested 205 deer taken in 17 different areas around the state.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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