This is bad news for New York hunters. Chronic Wasting Diseases, the neurological illness originally limited to the Midwest, has been discovered in two captive deer near Syracuse. Officials are perplexed as to how the disease surfaced in the area.
Over the next week the DEC will be testing several captive deer from other herds. So far, the disease is limited only to captive deer and has not been found in the wild. CWD has been found in 12 states in deer and elk populations.
One of the captive deer to test positive was part of a herd raised partially for slaughter. There is no proof, though, that the disease can spread to humans or livestock.