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Multi-state meeting slated to discuss chronic wasting disease

May 31, 2001 The Associated Press


BODY: The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to hold a June 13 meeting in this western Nebraska city to focus on regional cooperation to monitor the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer.

Game and Parks Biologist Bruce Morrison said officials from eight states and the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, will meet to share information on the fatal disease.

The disease has been found in two wild deer in southwest Kimball County.

Morrison believes testing of deer harvested last year and from two planned hunts by commission personnel earlier this year indicate that only a small portion of the deer population in Nebraska is affected.

The state agency would like to test 500 deer taken during the hunting season this fall to make certain chronic wasting disease is not spreading.

He said the commission will issue an additional 200 antlerless deer hunting permits in hopes of thinning the deer population.

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