Second Case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer Found in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has reported the discovery of a second case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild white-tailed deer in Woodward County.
This comes after the state’s first case was confirmed in Texas County in early June. Raising concerns about the spread of this neurological disease among deer populations.
The second infected deer was found approximately 15 miles east of Woodward. After a concerned landowner reported the animal behaving abnormally.
Atypical behavior is one of the telltale signs of CWD. Prompting wildlife officials to take immediate action in order to mitigate the potential spread of the disease.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological illness that affects deer, elk, moose, and other members of the cervid family. It gradually destroys brain tissue, leading to a range of symptoms including weight loss, disorientation, and behavioral changes.
The disease is characterize by the formation of microscopic holes in the brain, also giving it a spongy appearance.
The ODWC is committ to managing the situation effectively and minimizing the impact on wildlife and the public. They will continue monitoring for the presence of CWD within Oklahoma’s borders, implementing surveillance efforts, and conducting further testing.
As hunting seasons approach, the department will provide hunters with information on detection methods. And responsible practices to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Chronic Wasting Disease Promoting Awareness and Proper Disposal
To combat the spread of CWD, the ODWC urges individuals to stay informed about the disease. Adhere to hunting regulations, and follow proper disposal practices for infected animals.
By properly disposing of carcasses and avoiding the transportation of high-risk parts, such as the brain and spinal cord, individuals can help minimize the risk of spreading the disease.
The identification of a second case of chronic wasting disease highlights the importance of ongoing surveillance and proactive measures to safeguard the health of deer populations and prevent the spread of the disease.
The ODWC remains dedicated to their mission of ensuring healthy and well-managed deer populations while minimizing the impact on both the natural resource and the community.
Public cooperation and awareness are vital in controlling the spread of CWD and protecting Oklahoma’s wildlife for future generations.