The owner of World Class Whitetails in Holmes County, Ohio is officially charged for evidence tampering.
One animal tested positive for the disease, and the court gave an order to destroy the entire herd. The charges stated the owner, Daniel Yoder, did not follow the rules of the quarantine.
Chronic wasting disease has not been found in the state’s wild deer herd, and the state is working hard to keep it that way.
Chronic wasting disease is a is a transmissible neurological disease, which can spread from infected, captive deer to wild deer. The disease is very similar to mad cow disease, and affects the weight and other physical factors of the infected deer, ultimately leading to death.
There is no evidence linking the spread of chronic wasting disease from an infected animal to a human subject. However, wildlife authorities strongly encourage hunters to avoid wild animals acting unnaturally, and to use latex gloves while dressing game.