JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's firearms deer season takes place next month, and conservation officials are asking hunters to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
The disease is deadly to deer, but there is no evidence it can affect humans. Deer can be affected through exposure to soil containing abnormal proteins that are called prions. The prions can get into soil when infected deer decompose on the surface.
The Conservation Department says hunters should avoid cutting through the spine, brain or bones. If hunters must move a whole carcass, they should send the non-edible parts to state-approved landfills for proper burial.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say the number of deer that have died from a viral disease spread by biting gnats has fallen dramatically this year.
In a news release, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports that through the end of September, 403 deer died as a result of what is called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD. That compares to more than 2,000 probable EHD deaths for the same period last year.
Also, the number of counties where EHD has been reported has dropped from 76 counties during the first nine months of last year to 51 counties for the period this year. Officials say they believe the exposure to EHD last year has made deer populations more resistant to the disease this year.