Wasting disease confirmed in Alabama deer for first time

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Game officials say a deer killed in northwest Alabama was infected with chronic wasting disease in the first confirmed case of the illness in the state.

The disease is fatal and affects the behavior of deer because of microscopic changes in the brain. The state says it previously was detected in neighboring Tennessee and Mississippi in 2018.

Hunters will be able to kill all the deer they want in Lauderdale and Colbert counties on private or public properties in the area through the end of the season to help eradicate the disease.

The state says they must submit animals’ heads for testing in the highest-risk areas.

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1/7/2022 4:24:30 PM (GMT -6:00)

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