Mandatory sampling

Deer taken on certain days in Hampshire and Hardy counties in West Virginia must be sampled for chronic wasting disease. (File photo by Cumberland Times-News - Michael A. Sawyers, msawyers@times-news.com)

ELKINS, W.Va. — Recent sampling by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources further substantiates that one-quarter to one-third of the deer in central Hampshire County are infected with chronic wasting disease.

From March 21 through April 23, agency teams shot 100 deer on private lands where owners had given permission.

Twenty-seven of those deer had the always fatal disease, according to Jim Crum, biologist in Elkins who coordinates the management effort.

On the first two days of the 2016 firearms season, hunters were required to bring deer harvested in Hampshire County to locations where they were sampled. Thirty percent of those had CWD, Crum said.

The total of CWD deer since the first one was discovered in 2005 now rises to 262, with the epicenter of the sickness in a 39-square-mile area that includes Slanesville.

 

Mike Sawyers is a staff writer and the outdoor editor at Cumberland Times-News. Call/text him at 301-268-0630, email msawyers@times-news.com and follow him on Twitter.

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