MISSOURI — Bow season is in full swing and rifle season for deer is only weeks away. However, hunters and farmers should be aware of a condition in deer known as Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD.

KMZU’s Dan Watson was able to chat with Jasmine Batten, Wildlife Disease Coordinator with the Missouri Department of Conservation, about the symptoms and how local farmers and hunters can do their part in helping to control or prevent the spread of the disease in their county.

Click below to hear their full conversation, which aired Thursday morning on KMZU.

Batten explained that the disease is progressive and it is not always easy to tell whether a deer is infected or not just by observation.

There may be some physical symptoms present – such as abnormal posture for the deer, an emaciated appearance, excessive drooling and a dull coat. However, Batten explains that since it can be difficult to tell if a deer is infected or not, a hunter or farmer should contact the Missouri Department of Conservation and they will test the deer for CWD.

While there is not a particular habitat that lends itself to a higher prevalence of Chronic Wasting Disease, any place where deer congregate in larger numbers could become a “hot spot” and yield a higher potential for spreading the disease. The MDC has regulations in place that help to minimize the chance of harvesting infected deer in these areas.

For more information about the disease and Missouri deer hunting regulations, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website.