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CWD confirmed in Pontotoc County

CWD confirmed in Pontotoc County

By Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed that a white-tailed deer collected in Pontotoc County Oct. 8 has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). 

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has established the Pontotoc CWD Management Zone that includes Pontotoc and Union counties, and all portions of Lee County west of Hwy 45. 

In 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); or
Trap wild hogs without a permit from MDWFP.

For more about carcass regulations, click here.

To monitor CWD in the Pontotoc Zone, the Department will rely on hunter-harvested deer during the 2018–19 hunting season.  Hunters can submit deer for testing at established drop-off locations or MDWFP-staffed check stations.

MDWFP will be host to a public meeting to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at North Pontotoc Attendance Center on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Staff members will make presentations on the status of CWD and planned monitoring activities. Also, biologists and law enforcement officials will be available to answer questions.  

Find more information about Chronic Wasting Disease in Mississippi here.

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