Connecticut DEEP seeking deer heads for disease testing

White Tail Deer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
White Tail Deer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division is asking Connecticut hunters to provide them with deer heads to test for a relatively new disease.

The Connecticut Post reports DEEP wants to examine the heads for signs of chronic wasting disease, which could cause negative long-term effects to deer herds if it’s allowed to spread.

DEEP says CWD has not yet been detected in Connecticut. The request for the heads was made as a precaution.

Hunters interested in participating should fill out a Deer Head Collection Tag to accompany their contributions. Arrangements can be made to have the heads picked up by Connecticut Fish and Game officials.

DEEP’s request comes at an opportune time with bow hunting season set to begin on Thursday.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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