Bait ban expanded after CWD cases

BISMARCK — The Game and Fish Department is expanding a baiting ban in south central North Dakota where three cases of chronic wasting disease in deer have been documented.

The ban had applied to hunting unit 3F2, where all of the CWD cases have been documented in the past four years. Game and Fish Wildlife Veterinarian Dan Grove said the ban this year will be extended into the four units surrounding 3F2.

Chronic wasting is a fatal disease in members of the deer family. North Dakota had been somewhat of an island when it came to CWD until the first case in 2009. The second case was in 2010 and the third case was last year. Other hunting restrictions are in effect in unit 3F2. More information can be found at http://www.gf.nd.gov.