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Missouri Increasing CWD Testing in the Ozarks

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Arkansas CWD cases are having a ripple effect in Missouri.

The news of 86 cases of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in Arkansas is causing a ripple effect across the border to Missouri.

KY3 News reports that Missouri Department of Conservation officials are setting up a focus area some 50 miles away from where Arkansas has been seeing positive cases of the deadly neurological disorder in their deer and elk herd.

Arkansas saw their first confirmed case of CWD in an elk and within a month over 50 cases were confirmed. There are some concerns the disease may cause some changes to hunting regulations in 2016.

For Missouri, the current plan is to increase testing of animals in six different southern counties.

Previous cases of CWD in Missouri have been primarily central and northeastern parts of the state. The state has seen just 27 confirmed cases since CWD was first confirmed in Missouri back in 2010.

There’s probably little doubt the sudden discovery and the explosive number of cases in Arkansas is leading to some extra concerns with Missouri hunters near the Arkansas state border.

Officials had already increased sample taking and testing of road-killed animals in Taney, Ozark, Stone, Douglas, Christian and Barry counties according to KY3.com.

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Missouri Increasing CWD Testing in the Ozarks