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LENA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois wildlife management officials have scheduled meetings to provide information on chronic wasting disease in the white-tailed deer population as hunting season nears.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources meetings on CWD will be Oct. 18 at the Nash Recreation Center in Oregon, Illinois, and Oct. 19 at the Big Rock Park District Community Building in Big Rock.

Previously announced meetings will be in Elizabeth on Wednesday, Freeport on Sept. 27 and Yorkville on Sept. 28. All start at 7 p.m.

Deer that contract chronic wasting disease become emaciated and uncoordinated and eventually die. The first case was reported in Illinois in 2002. CWD has been detected in deer in 16 counties across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois as far south as the Illinois River Valley.