The Missouri Department of Conservation will be testing hundreds of deer for the COVID-19 this hunting season.

The U.S Department of Agriculture reported the results of a federal study testing white-tailed deer in Illinois, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. The samples showed at least 7% of the population has antibodies for the virus that causes COVID-19. The highest population showed a massive 67% in Michigan. The USDA report shows that although deer were carrying the antibodies, none of them actually fell ill.

There is not any evidence of deer dying from coronavirus or humans contracting it from eating venison.

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