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Public meeting on fatal deer disease set for January 17 in Peosta

  • 1/15/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Peosta, Iowa - Deer hunters who hunt in Dubuque County take note– chronic wasting disease (CWD) has shown up in your area. A tissue sample collected from a road killed deer 2-1/2 miles southeast of Dubuque has tested positive for the always fatal disease.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a meeting on Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the Peosta Community Center, 7896 Burds Road, in Peosta, to discuss the status of CWD in Iowa and how deer hunters can help stop or slow the spread of disease.

Terry Haindfield, wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR who is leading the effort to combat CWD, will coordinate the meeting.

 “We want people to come to this meeting, ask their questions, hear the concerns from other hunters,” Haindfield said. “Deer hunting is an important tradition and, for some, a large part of their identity. It is also important to us and we need to work together to combat this disease. Our goal is to provide quality deer hunting today, tomorrow, and for future generations.”

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or, and advise of specific needs.