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IDNR to hold public meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease

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WSIL -- Biologists are keeping a close eye on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Illinois. The disease, which is fatal to deer, has now been detected just across the river from southern Illinois in neighboring southeast Missouri. 

CWD has not been detected in southern Illinois and has only been confined to northern Illinois so far. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is working to keep the disease from spreading to other parts of the state. 

In 2017, CWD was detected in six deer in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri and one deer in Perry County, Missouri. 

With such close proximity to Illinois, IDNR is stepping up community outreach and testing in Randolph County. 

"In Wyoming, near this high concentration of the infection area, researchers are predicting local extinction of mule deer in a period of less than 50 years. So this is a serious thing."

IDNR will conduct two public informational meetings in Randolph County and they will each last approximately 30 minutes. 

September 18 – St. John's Lutheran Church, 302 W. Holmes St., Chester at 7 p.m.

September 19 – World Shooting and Recreational Complex, 1 Main Event Lane #510, Sparta at 7 p.m.

For more on Chronic Wasting Disease in Illinois, click here.

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