A total of 893 wild deer in Indiana were tested for chronic wasting disease through the end of the 2020-21 deer season, an increase from the 823 tested in 2019.
“While CWD has been found in the neighboring states of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio, we have not detected CWD in Indiana to date,” Mitch Marcus, DNR fish and wildlife health supervisor, said in a news release.
CWD is a neurologic disease that affects white-tailed deer. The disease is always fatal to deer and is transmitted directly through body fluids, such as feces, saliva, blood, and urine, or indirectly through the contamination of soil, plants, and water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been no cases of CWD in humans. In areas where CWD is known to be present, the CDC recommends that hunters have deer tested before eating the meat.
Although DNR collects wild deer samples for CWD testing throughout the year, Moriah Boggess, Indiana DNR deer biologist, emphasized that most deer health samples are collected from hunter-harvested deer during the fall.
“Thank you to DNR staff, participating deer hunters, deer processors, and taxidermists for the success of our 2020 CWD surveillance efforts,” Boggess said. “We could not have sampled 893 deer without your assistance and support.”
Any deer hunters who had their harvest sampled for CWD during the 2020-21 deer season can check sample results at reportsickanimal.dnr.IN.gov/search.
For information related to CWD surveillance in Indiana, go to on.IN.gov/cwd. Information about 2021-22 CWD monitoring efforts during the deer hunting seasons will be available on the website later this year.
Parks, inns hiring summer workers
Indiana state park properties and inns are hiring about 1,300 workers for the summer season.
Positions available include gate attendants, laborers, naturalist aides, security, housekeeping, dishwashers, cooks, guest services and camp store attendants.
Most positions will be seasonal, but some are full- or part-time year-round positions.
To apply for a position at one of the properties, go to WorkforIndiana.IN.gov. To apply for a position at one of the seven Indiana state park inns, go toindianainnsjobs.com. Applicants can go to stateparks.IN.gov to see which property or inn is closest to them.