Jun 8, 2015 1:52 PM
Fish and Game officials: No evidence of chronic disease in NH deer
The Associated Press
CONCORD (AP) — The N.H. Fish and Game Department says the state's white-tailed deer population once again has shown no evidence of chronic wasting disease, based on data gathered during the 2014 hunting season.
Biologist Dan Bergeron says a total of 423 tissue samples tested negative for the disease. The results came from a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disorder that is fatal to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.
The department says 5,199 deer have been tested in New Hampshire since testing began in 2002.
Chronic wasting disease was first identified in 1978 and remained isolated in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska for about a decade. The department says it has been found in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.