UPDATE: Meeting scheduled to talk deer disease

The disease affects cervids, such as white-tailed deer, elk and mule deer.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 4:50 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 4:53 PM

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).

Photo: MDWFP

MORE: Chronic Wasting Disease fact sheet 

MORE: What is Chronic Wasting Disease?

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:

  1. Supplemental feed
  2. Establish new mineral sites or add supplements to existing sites
  3. Remove certain portions of cervid carcasses from the zone (carcass regulations); or
  4. 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.

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