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Testing finds 11 new cases of CWD in North Dakota, Game and Fish says

Mar. 25—BISMARCK — Results from sampling efforts conducted during North Dakota's 2023 deer season indicate 11 deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Game and Fish Department reported Monday, March 25.

That's down from 24

new cases during North Dakota's 2022 deer season.

Positive cases detected in 2023 came from units 3A1, 3A2, 3E1, 3E2 and 3F2.

"The good news is that all these cases came from units where CWD has already been detected," Dr. Charlie Bahnson, wildlife veterinarian for Game and Fish, said in a statement. "None came from the southeastern part of the state where we were focusing our surveillance efforts.

"However,

CWD was detected right across our border in eastern Manitoba

near Winkler, and again near Climax, Minn., where it was first found in 2021."

Wildlife division chief Casey Anderson said that despite lower harvest success, the department met its surveillance goal in units 2B, 2G and 2G1. The objective is to achieve a sampling goal of 10% of the allocated deer gun licenses for a given year.

Game and Fish will use its 2023 surveillance data to guide CWD management moving forward.

With Monday's announcement, CWD has been confirmed in 105 deer in North Dakota since 2009, when the disease was first detected in unit 3F2 in the southwestern part of the state.

CWD is a fatal disease of deer, moose and elk

that remains on the landscape and can cause long-term population impacts as infection rates climb.

More information about CWD can be found on the

Game and Fish website

at gf.nd.gov.