The conservation department has found two wild deer in Macon County with chronic wasting disease. The deer are among the 1,100 killed in north-central Missouri during the recent hunting season. Both deer are males.
The department plans to kill some more deer int he area to run additional tests. Chronic wasting disease is a nerve disease that can be spreadto other deer, elk, and moose in theanimal family known as “cervids.” There’s no evidence the disease can be spread to cattle; humans can not contract the disease by eating or coming in contact with infected animals.