Department of Wildlife expands CWD Management Zone

While deer season has ended, the Department of Wildlife is continuing to combat Chronic Wasting Disease. 

Since October 2018, the department has collected over 7,600 samples for Chronic Wasting Disease testing, and to date, 19 cases have been confirmed.

The most recent confirmations were in Panola and Tallahatchie counties, and in response, the department expanded their North Mississippi CWD Management Zone.

Courtesy of MDWFP

CWD is a contagious & fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family.

“These proactive measures are important in minimizing the unnatural concentration of deer and potential spread of CWD,” the department said. 

Inside of the 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.

All samples were from hunter-harvested, road-killed, or reported diseased white-tailed deer.