by: Benjamin Ward, Ozarks First

The Missouri Department of Conservation has identified a case of chronic wasting disease in a deer harvested in Stone County earlier this month.

This is the first case of the deadly disease in the far southwest region of the state.

The young buck was harvested on private land near Reeds Spring the opening weekend of firearms season. The hunter and landowner have been notified

The MDC also reports 10 other deer have tested positive for CWD this season with 1 from Adair County, 4 from Franklin County, 1 from Jefferson County, 3 from Macon County, and 1 from Oregon County. The 11 new positive tests for the season bring the total cases of CWD in Missouri to 86.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend not consuming an animal that tests positive for CWD , but say there have been no known cases of the disease infecting people.

Click below for Scott McCaulley’s conversation with Taney County Conservation Agent Quenten Fronterhouse on CWD. The entire interview can be heard on the weekly Conservation Report Saturday Morning at 8:45 on 106.3 KRZK.