Approach to deer disease stirs debate in Missouri

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 11:18 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Deer in Missouri are dying from a rare but fatal disease, and the Missouri Legislature is expected to consider conflicting ways to contain the problem in the 2014 session.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since the first case in 2010 on a private hunting ranch in Linn County, 20 more dead deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, or CWD, all within a two-county area of north-central Missouri.

Conservationists and owners of fenced hunting ranches disagree over how to approach the disease.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering stricter rules for hunting ranches. One option would require them to build higher, double fences. Hunting ranch operators say that would be expensive and could kill the industry. 

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