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Moose is first to contract wasting disease in wild

DENVER (AP) — A moose killed in northern Colorado has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, apparently the first of its species known to have contracted the disease in the wild, officials said Thursday.

An archer killed the moose Sept. 10, and testing confirmed the presence of the fatal neurological disorder, said Kathi Green, disease management coordinator for the state Division of Wildlife.

More testing is being conducted, but she said the test earlier this month is the same one used to confirm preliminary results in elk and deer.