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Congress seeks federal study of chronic wasting disease

February 13, 2019
In The News

A congressman whose district includes a region that is at the center of a controversial plan to drastically reduce the deer population in the fight over chronic wasting disease is joining in support of a bill that asks federal agencies to study the growing disease.

Rep. Joyce will join Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15, and more than a dozen other co-sponsors of the bill originally sponsored by Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., on January 29. The bill has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

The game commission said Wednesday that deer research continues in the area. They said to date, more than 100 deer have been captured and many have been equipped with GPS units that record detailed movements.

Since first being discovered in Colorado in the late 1960s, cases of CWD have been discovered in 24 states.

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