North Mississippi CWD management zone expands, restrictions imposed

By WARREN STRAIN,

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has collected more than 7,600 samples for chronic wasting disease (CWD) since Oct. 1, 2018.

All samples were from hunter-harvested, road-killed or reported diseased white-tailed deer. To date, 19 deer have been confirmed as CWD-positive. The most recent confirmations were female deer (2) from Panola and Tallahatchie counties.

Per the MDWFP CWD Response Plan, the North Mississippi CWD Management Zone has expanded (see map) in response to these confirmations.

For any MDWFP-defined 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)

• Trap wild hogs without a permit from MDWFP

These proactive measures are important in minimizing the unnatural concentration of deer and potential spread of CWD.

For more information about chronic wasting disease, visit www.mdwfp.com/cwd.

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