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North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is asking bowhunters who harvest a deer in two Williston-area hunting units to help with chronic wasting disease surveillance by submitting the head of their animal for testing.

Heads from deer taken in gun hunting units 3A1 and 3B1 can be dropped off in freezers at the Game and Fish district office in Williston and at the Divide County Sheriff’s Office in Crosby, on the north side of the building. Hunters wishing to keep the head may have it sampled at the Williston office during business hours. Taxidermists in Williston also are helping in the effort by saving heads throughout the season.

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Instructions and information are posted at the drop-off sites. Test results will be provided to hunters within three weeks. Additional drop-off sites will be available throughout the region during the deer gun season in November.

CWD is a fatal disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause long-term population declines if left unchecked. More information is available at the Game and Fish website, at gf.nd.gov.

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