The Missouri Department of Conservation reports it has completed its monitoring and testing efforts for the 2019-2020 chronic wasting disease surveillance year, with 46 new confirmed cases of the deadly disease, which affects the deer population.

The 46 new cases were found in counties throughout the state of Missouri, including 1 in Polk County, and the highest number of 10 in St. Genevieve County. Since testing began, in 2012, hunters have submitted samples from 137-thousand deer. The Department of Conservation reported that 21 of the 46 new cases were found in January, February, and March in areas where previous cases of CWD have been found. Around, 13-hundred-90 participating landowners removed nearly 24-hundred deer to manage CWD. All deer harvested through targeted culling that did not test positive for the disease were either returned to the landowner or donated to local food pantries through the Share the Harvest program.