MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nearly 1,000 deer have been killed in the special chronic wasting disease eradication zone where officials hope to eliminate the deer population along with the deadly disease.
The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that 353 deer were killed in last week's special summer hunt, the third of four shooting seasons in the 374-square-mile area.
Brain and lymph tissue samples are being taken from the collected deer so they can be tested for the deadly wasting disease, but results won't be available for about five or six weeks, the DNR said.
Last week's hunt was the third of four special hunts scheduled so hunters and state sharpshooters can help the DNR in its effort to kill all the deer in the 374-square-mile zone.
In the first shooting period in June, six of the 262 deer killed tested positive for the disease; in July, hunters shot 339 deer. Test results from the second hunt are not yet available.
August's hunt brings the total number of deer killed to 954.
The DNR also said:
--Landowners shot 236 deer and government shooters shot 117;
--214 of the deer were females, 136 were males and three were not recorded;
--24 people opted to keep their deer and wait for CWD test results.
The DNR established the summer hunt as a way to get a head start on its goal of killing 25,000 deer in the three-county area in an effort to eradicate the disease that causes deer to waste away and die. But many hunters found the hunts difficult because of sweltering temperatures and heavy brush typically absent in the fall and winter.
The final shooting period is scheduled for Sept. 7 to 13.
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