The sun had dipped below the horizon when I noticed the big doe pacing quietly along the edge of the corn field. It walked for a few steps, then paused and peered intently through the corn rows, as if it was looking for something.

CWD, an always-fatal neurological disease, was first found in one wild doe near Pine Island in 2010, but no new cases were found there despite thousands of tests.

As bowhunting season officially opened this past weekend, hunters in CWD hot zones are checking regulations and figuring out where to drop off the head and neck of their deer for testing.

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