Tallahatchie, Panola deer test positive for chronic wasting disease


JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) announced Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) it has received confirmation that a female white-tailed deer from Panola County and a female white-tailed deer from Tallahatchie County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

These are the first deer to test positive for CWD in both counties.

The Panola County deer was a diseased deer report and the Tallahatchie County deer was hunter harvested.

MDWFP will be assessing management zone changes to include these counties as per the CWD Response Plan.

During the 2018-19 season, MDWFP received more than 7,000 samples through hunter-harvested, road-killed and reported diseased deer. To date, Mississippi has 15 confirmed CWD positives and four suspect positives awaiting confirmation. MDWFP officials said they appreciate hunters submitting samples during this hunting season.

For more information about CWD in Mississippi, visit the MDWFP website at www.mdwfp.com/cwd or call 601-432-2199.

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IN THE PHOTO: A deer with chronic wasting disease is pictured in this file photo from 2018.  (Photo special to The Sun-Sentinel