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Iowa DNR to Host Meeting About Chronic Wasting Disease in Peosta

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources will meet with Dubuque County hunters this week to discuss a fatal deer disease that was found in the county last week. Tissue samples from more than a dozen Iowa deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the DNR. One of those positive tests came from Dubuque County, marking the first time the disease has been seen here. DNR officials plan to discuss the discovery during a meeting in Peosta on Thursday evening. DNR Wildlife Biologist Terry Haindfield says the disease can be devastating to local deer populations. According to Haindfield, the disease can be spread animal-to-animal, but can also be picked up through an area’s soil. The meeting will be held Thursday at the Peosta Community Center beginning at 6:30. Haindfield says DNR officials will explain what the disease is, how it spreads, and how it can be slowed. The two main ways hunters can help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease is to submit samples from deer they’ve killed, and to be careful when moving deer from county to county. Chronic Wasting Disease had previously been found in Clayton County. Positive tests have also come from about a third of the counties in Wisconsin, including the Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties in the southwestern part of the state.

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