The Missouri Department of Conservation wants to remind all hunters it is mandatory to have the deer they harvest sampled. MDC encourages hunters to properly dispose of deer carcasses to help limit the spread of the disease. MDC also encourages hunters to share the harvest and to follow special guidelines if sharing a harvested deer from a county where CWD has been found. This is an infectious and deadly illness for white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family, called cervids. There have not been any cases of the disease infecting humans, but the Center for Disease Control Prevention recommends not eating meat from an animal that tested positive and to test all animals that have been killed in an area CWD has been found.