JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - After a deer in Pontotoc County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, state officials have established the Pontotoc CWD Management Zone.
The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirms the white-tail deer collected on October 8 tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
The disease affects cervids, such as white-tailed deer, elk and mule deer.
The Pontotoc CWD Management Zone includes Pontotoc and Union counties and all portions of Lee County west of Highway 45.
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); or
- Trap wild hogs without a permit from MDWFP
To monitor the disease in the zone, wildlife officials will rely on hunter-harvested deer during the 2018-2019 hunting season.
Hunters can submit deer for testing at established drop-off locations or MDWFP-staffed check stations.
The MDWFP will host a public meeting to discuss CWD at North Pontotoc Attendance Center on Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m.
Officials will further talk about monitoring, as well as to answer any questions.