The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will have a deer and elk inspection station set up in Blodgett on Saturday to provide inspections related to chronic wasting disease.
CWD is a fatal neurological disease infecting deer and elk across North America, the agency reported. No cases have been detected in Oregon — as of December 2021 — but there was a discovery a year ago in Idaho within 30 miles of the border. As such, ODFW is asking hunters and wildlife managers to be on the lookout.
The Blodgett CWD check station will run from 8 a.m. to dusk at the junction of Highway 20 and County Road 180. Hunters are required to stop to have their animal inspected.
ODFW has been testing for CWD since the late 1990s. Over the past 20-plus years, staffers have collected and tested nearly 24,000 samples from hunter harvested, road-killed and other dead deer and elk found in the field.