Second case of Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer in North Mississippi

A second case of CWD, the highly contagious, fatal prion, or abnormal protein, that affects cervids such as white-tailed deer, elk, and mule deer, has been discovered in North Mississippi, according to the MDWFP.

According to the Department:

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory that a white-tailed deer collected in Pontotoc County on October 8, 2018 tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

This finding has cause the Department to create the Pontotoc CWD Management Zone that includes Pontotoc and Union counties and all portions of Lee County west of Hwy 45

According to the MDWFP, inside the CWD management zone, it is unlawful to:

  • Supplemental feed; 
  • Establish new mineral sites or add supplements to existing sites; 
  • Remove certain portions of cervid carcasses from the zone (carcass regulations); or 
  • Trap wild hogs without a permit from MDWFP

MDWFP will host a public meeting to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at North Pontotoc Attendance Center on Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 PM.

You can find out how to report a sick deer by clicking here. 

 

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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