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NDA Helps Indiana DNR Increase CWD Monitoring and Prevention
The National Deer Association (NDA) is stepping up to assist Indiana DNR increase the number of chronic wasting disease (CWD) samples they can collect from hunter-harvested deer by designing and implementing a CWD sampling program among Indiana taxidermists and deer processors.
“I am happy we can assist the Indiana DNR in increasing the number of CWD samples they’re able to collect in the upcoming deer season,” said Kip Adams, NDA Chief Conservation Officer. “Utilizing taxidermists and deer processors is a great targeted surveillance strategy, and this program will enhance the state’s disease monitoring efforts.”
CWD has not been detected in Indiana, however it has been detected in several bordering states including Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Should it spread into Indiana, early detection is critical to preventing its growth and holding prevalence rates low.
NDA will help identify participating Indiana taxidermists and deer processors who will collect hunter-harvested, wild deer CWD samples then issue payments based upon the number of samples collected by the participating taxidermist/deer processor. The extra administrative help from NDA will increase the number of samples DNR can collect, making it possible to better monitor for CWD in Indiana.
For more information about CWD, visit https://www.deerassociation.com/cwd/
About the National Deer Association
Formally launched on November 10, 2020, the National Deer Association is a non-profit deer conservation group that leads efforts to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Formed by combining the strengths of two long-serving, successful organizations, the National Deer Association has a combined 38 years of action that has changed deer management for the betterment of hunting and protected North America’s most vital and admired game species for future generations. Visit DeerAssociation.com or follow @deerassociation on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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