Poachers face restrictions to contain chronic wasting disease in deer

The big game starts in Ohio and ends with deer. Hence, what affects the state’s whitetail is very important among hunters.

When two cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) were discovered during the 2020-21 season, there was some hope that the outbreak would be contained.

The discovery of nine infected deer this year in an expanded area that includes northern Marion County threatens those expectations.

“I spoke with someone I respect a lot, and he said the ‘E’ would probably apply to 11 injured deer,” said biologist Mike Tonkowitz, a deer specialist with the Ohio Department of Wildlife. ‘E’ can mean settlement or settlement.

The department intends to continue containment/eradication efforts, but that will be difficult.

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