- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota wildlife officials reported no cases of chronic wasting disease after testing deer that were killed in the 2015 hunting season.

Chronic wasting is a fatal disease in members of the deer family. The state Game and Fish Department began monitoring it in 2002.

Wildlife veterinarians looked into samples taken from more than 1,200 deer in the western third of the state in 2015.

Officials say seven deer in state history have tested positive for the disease, all since 2009 and in the southwest part of the state.

More than 27,000 deer, elk and moose have tested negative for the disease since monitoring began in 2002. In 2016, deer will be tested from the eastern third of the state.



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