- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A Cody hunter who shot a deer infected with a deadly disease is concerned he did not know the animal was afflicted until after his family ate some of its meat.

The Cody Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1lYGLWO ) that Billy Brewer says the whitetail deer he shot while hunting Nov. 1 was sent to a lab and tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. The neurological disease affects deer, moose and elk.

The deer was the first confirmed case of the disease in the Cody area.

Wildlife officials say the disease has been in Wyoming for decades and it’s likely that a great number of infected animals have been consumed.

Hunters are warned they might not receive testing results from a deer for three weeks. Brewer says he wishes the process was faster.

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Information from: The Cody Enterprise, http://www.codyenterprise.com

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