BISMARCK, N.D. — Two more deer in a southwestern North Dakota hunting unit have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. But state wildlife officials remain optimistic they can keep the deadly ailment from spreading throughout the state.
Eleven cases have been confirmed in the unit since 2009. All but one are clustered in a tiny part of the 2,900-square-mile unit.
The Game and Fish Department says carcass transportation restrictions and a baiting ban seem to be keeping the disease isolated there.
The agency also restricts the movement of deer carcasses into North Dakota from other CWD-infested states.
That can’t stop live infected animals moving in on their own. But documented CWD areas in neighboring states all are far from the North Dakota border.