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Public Hearing Held on Disease Affecting Deer in Shenandoah National Park

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The National Park Service heard from the public Tuesday night at the Ivy Creek Foundation about ways to curb a disease that affects mostly white-tailed deer.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disorder that ultimately results in the animal's death. The park service is trying to minimize the effects of the disease in the Shenandoah National Park.

"When a non-native invasive organism – in this case a disease – moves in, it can have some pretty bad consequences and so that's why we talk about managing the disease to see what we can do in the face of this issue," said Jim Schaberl, division chief of natural and cultural resources for the National Parks Service.

The disease came from the west and resembles mad cow disease.

There will be another chance for public input at James Madison University Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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