Discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease Not Unexpected

Discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease Not Unexpected

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The recent discovery of chronic wasting disease in a Utah deer was not unexpected -- but it's not welcome, either.

Jim Karpowitz, state Division of Wildlife Resources big game coordinator, says he's disappointed with the discovery, and it will change the way state wildlife managers do their jobs.

A single mule deer buck -- from among the 14-hundred tested this past season -- was found to be infected with the brain ailment. It was shot by a hunter north of Vernal. Chronic wasting disease was already known to exist just across the border in Colorado.

State wildlife officials had already been testing deer every year, but now those tests will expand.

Wasting disease is in the same family as mad cow disease -- but there's NO proof that it can spread to humans who eat deer.

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

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