The story of Chronic Wasting Disease in Hampshire County, W.Va. now involves more than one deer killed by hunters during open season.
The West Virginia Department of Natural resources reported that five deer taken by hunters during the recent firearms season have tested positive for CWD. During the season, DNR personnel took samples from 1,285 deer at check-in stations in Hampshire County. Five have come back positive so far.
According to the DNR, CWD has been detected in a total of 19 deer in Hampshire County since 2005. Four of the five positive deer this year were harvested within the DNR's designated CWD containment area north of U.S. 50 in Hampshire County, but the fifth was killed outside the containment area near Yellow Springs.
In the past, the affected deer have been from a relatively small area near Slanesville. A positive test from a deer outside of that immediate area is certainly not a positive event.