Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Disease rate rises among Hampshire Co. deer

West Virginia wildlife officials recently issued some unpleasant news: The rate of chronic wasting disease among Hampshire County deer appears to have increased.

Tests on deer killed earlier this spring by DNR sharpshooters turned up 11 animals that tested positive for CWD. Division of Natural Resources administrators said the findings didn’t come as any great surprise, even though they more than doubled the number of positive cases found in any previous sampling effort.

The epicenter of the outbreak still appears to be in the Slanesville-Augusta area.  Sunday’s Gazette-Mail article details the latest DNR findings.