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By Dan Rudy 

Watch for illnesses as deer season opens


Deer season opened for Wrangell Island on Friday.

“We’ve been selling a lot of licenses,” said Emma McMurren, a shopkeeper at Angerman’s. Hunters have been lining up not just for the deer season, but for bear and wolves as well. “They’re pretty excited,” she added.

However, starting this year Alaska hunters will have to forego using urine-based attractants, due to concerns that they are a means of bringing chronic wasting disease (CWD) to the state’s deer and elk population.

CWD is a transmissible set of conditions affecting the brains and nervous systems of deer, elk and o...

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