Briefs: ODNR testing for chronic wasting disease in deer in Marion County

Hunters in Marion, Wyandot and Hardin Counties asked to submit deer for CWD testing

FINDLAY — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is asking hunters in Marion, Wyandot and Hardin counties to submit their deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing for the remainder of the 2022 deer hunting season.

Additional deer samples are needed in response to recent CWD positive cases and to better understand CWD in Ohio. Samples of deer harvested from all townships in Marion, Wyandot and Hardin counties are requested, which is a slight expansion from the current disease surveillance area. More information about CWD, including a map of recent positive cases and information about how to properly dispose deer carcasses, is available at

Only the heads of mature deer (no fawns) should be submitted. Participation is voluntary and free of charge.

Self-serve kiosks are located at the following Marion County locations: Green Camp Township Fire Department, 217 Main St., Green Camp; Pleasant Township Fire Department, 1035 Owens Road West, Marion; and Scioto Valley Fire Department, 110 N. Front St., LaRue.

Kiosks will be available during this week's muzzleloader season and until the end of deer archery season, Feb. 6. For more information, call the CWD hotline at 419-429-8322.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and has been detected in the wild deer herd in Marion and Wyandot counties. A disease surveillance area has been established in response to the confirmed cases, and intense monitoring will be in place for at least three years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no strong evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans.

Portion of Marion street closed

Lee Street between Silver Street and Dennison Avenue is closed until 3 p.m. Friday. City of Marion wastewater treatment plant crews are working on a sewer issue at this location.

Richland Township holds reorganizational meeting, issues financial report

Richland Township held its reorganizational meeting on Dec.17 and elected the following as officers: Chairman Jason Lehner, Vice Chairman Roger Groll and Trustee Richard Baldinger, along with Fiscal Officer Teresa Fox.

Groll will be the township representative to the Marion County Health Board. Baldinger will be the township representative to the Fort Morrow Fire District Advisory Board.

John Cummins was also reappointed as the Richland Township zoning inspector. Cummins can be reached at 614-738-4284.

Regular meetings for Richland Township will be held at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month, with the exception of Jan. 10, July 11 and Sept. 12. All meetings take place at the Richland Township Hall, 3492 E. River Road.

The annual financial report for 2021 is complete and may be reviewed by calling the Teresa Fox at 740-251-8273.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Briefs: ODNR testing deer for chronic wasting disease