Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologists killed 26 deer east of Alliance last week as part of a continuing effort to monitor chronic wasting disease in western Nebraska.
Alliance district wildlife manager Gary Schlichtemeier says the recent culling operation follows the finding of 18 CWD positive-testing deer from 2,500 samples collected in the Panhandle during the 2003-2004 deer seasons.
Four positive deer were found east of Alliance. Another positive was collected in late January south of Hay Springs by a conservation officer.
Schlichtemeier says the area sampled east of Alliance has a high concentration of deer. He says research indicates a high deer density increases the risk of spreading the disease.
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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed to this report.