DNR Says 2nd Deer at Preserve Had Wasting Disease

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a second deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease at a southern Iowa hunting preserve.

The DNR said Thursday the positive test came from a sample of a male deer harvested Dec. 1 at the Pine Ridge Hunting Preserve near Bloomfield.

The agency announced in July that Iowa's first confirmation of the disease in the deer population came from a deer shot at the preserve in December 2011. The disease damages the animals' brain tissue, causing illness and eventually death.

The preserve has been providing test samples from each deer shot on its grounds under an agreement with the DNR, which is collecting additional samples of wild deer shot in the area.

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