ND Game and Fish expands CWD testing this year

BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) – This year, North Dakota game and fishing officials are asking for more help for hunters to track chronic wasting disease.

Currently, Senator John Hoeven says he hopes to pass the Chronic Wasting Disease Research Management Act through the Senate. It would include $70 million from the USDA and the Department of the Interior to study the disease.

Last year, around 3,500 people sent samples to Game and Fish.
This year, the Game and Fish is offering testing in more units, as well as carcass disposal sites and test kits that they will send to your home.

“If that’s something you’re really careful about, or if you really want to know if that deer is positive for CWD, we recommend you cut it up, you can freeze the quarters or package it, and then wait to get your test results if that’s the choice you want to make sure it’s negative for chronic wasting disease,” said NDGF Wildlife Division Deputy Chief Bill Haase.

The tests normally take between two and four weeks. You can find NDGF collection sites here.

CWD is not transmissible to humans. The disease is a disease that also cannot be cooked from meat, unlike other parasites found in wild game.

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