A contagious and deadly neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose has officially hit the Southwest Missouri region.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is reporting a young buck harvested in Stone County last month has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. MDC says this is the first case detected in the county and the first detection in the southwest part of the state.
The yearling white-tailed buck was harvested on private land during opening weekend of the November firearms deer season. The private land is near Reeds Spring, about 15 miles from the Arkansas border. Both the hunter and landowner have been notified by MDC of the positive test result.
MDC also reports 10 other deer have tested positive for CWD this season from 5 other counties in the state. That brings the total cases of CWD in Missouri to 86 for the season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been no known cases of CWD infecting people. But, the CDC recommends hunters strongly consider testing their harvested deer before eating the meat, and do not eat an animal that tests positive for the disease.