Yearly Archives: 2018


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By Joe Jerek, Nov 30, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that a young buck harvested in Stone County in early November has tested positive for the deadly deer disease — chronic wasting disease (CWD). According to MDC, this is the first detection of CWD in Stone County and the first detection in the far southwest region of the state.

The yearling white-tailed buck was harvested on private land the opening weekend of the November firearms deer season near Reeds Spring, approximately 15 miles from the Arkansas border. MDC staff have notified the hunter and landowner of the CWD confirmation. More than 400 cases of CWD have been found in deer and elk in northwest Arkansas since early 2016.

The positive test result is from one of more than 20,000 tissue samples collected by MDC from hunter-harvested deer during its mandatory CWD sampling efforts in 31 counties the opening weekend of the fall firearms season, Nov. 10 and 11. MDC reports that testing of the samples continues with more than 60 percent of sample test results already reported to hunters. Hunters can get free test results for harvested deer they submitted for CWD sampling at

MDC also reports 10 other deer have tested positive for CWD this season with 1 from Adair County, 4 from Franklin County, 1 from Jefferson County, 3 from Macon County, and 1 from Oregon County. The 11 new positives for the season bring the total cases of CWD in Missouri to 86. For more information on CWD cases found this season and in past years, visit under “CWD in Missouri.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been no known cases of CWD infecting people. In areas with CWD, the CDC recommends hunters strongly consider having their harvested deer tested for CWD before eating the meat. The CDC also recommends not consuming an animal that tests positive for the disease.

MDC continues to offer voluntary CWD sampling and testing of harvested deer statewide through the remainder of the deer hunting season at MDC regional offices and at participating taxidermists and meat processors. The season continues with archery hunting through Jan. 15, the antlerless portion through Dec. 2, and the alternative methods portion from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. Learn more at under “Voluntary CWD Sampling All Season.”

QC – Operation to control and monitor chronic wasting disease in cervids

Last update : October 31, 2018

Following the discovery of a case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a farm-raised deer in the Laurentides region, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) is implementing measures to protect wildlife, calling on hunters to cooperate in the effort.

Although CWD was detected on a farm, steps must be taken to verify if the disease is present in wildlife and limit its spread in cervid populations. To carry out these measures effectively and safely, MFFP must prohibit hunting and trapping on a limited portion of hunting zones 9 west and 10 east from September 21, 2018, to November 18, 2018. Animals harvested within a broader monitoring area will also be routinely tested for CWD.

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MS – UPDATE: Second Issaquena County White-tailed Deer Confirmed for CWD

11/29/2018 8:09:14 AM

Issaquena – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory that the hunter-harvested 2.5-year-old, female white-tailed deer voluntarily submitted in Issaquena County on November 1, 2018, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  “This deer was harvested by a hunter on Mahannah Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and voluntarily submitted to our drop-off station located on site,” said Russ Walsh, Executive Wildlife Director. “We have seen great participation so far this season, but we still need hunters to continue providing samples as part of our statewide monitoring effort.”

To monitor CWD in the Issaquena Zone and throughout the state, MDWFP will rely on hunter-harvested deer & voluntary sample submission during the 2018–19 hunting season.  Hunters can submit deer for testing at established drop-off locations (including Mahannah WMA).  Also, MDWFP will staff check stations to collect samples during high-traffic dates:

Issaquena Zone


  • 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, December 29 and January 5
  • Sunday, December 30 and January 6


  • Onward Store
  • Junction of Hwy. 465 and 61 (boat ramp)

Pontotoc Zone


  • 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m


  • Saturday, December 29 and January 5


  • Ecru Volunteer Fire Department
  • Pontotoc County Compound (across from Prater’s Grocery on Hwy 41)

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MS – Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed in Pontotoc County

10/30/2018 3:24:47 PM

PONTOTOC – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory that a white-tailed deer collected in Pontotoc County on October 8, 2018 tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  MDWFP has established the Pontotoc CWD Management Zone that includes Pontotoc and Union counties and all portions of Lee County west of Hwy 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.

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To monitor CWD in the Pontotoc Zone, MDWFP 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 host a public meeting to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at North Pontotoc Attendance Center on Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 PM. Presentations by MDWFP staff will be on the status of CWD and planned monitoring activities.  Biologists and Law Enforcement officials will be available to answer questions.    

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WY – Chronic wasting disease detected in Grand Teton National Park

11/21/2018 9:27:26 AM

JACKSON – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory has confirmed that an adult buck mule deer from Grand Teton National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer had been struck by a vehicle and tissue samples were collected by National Park Service personnel and submitted for testing.

Wildlife managers say that while this raises concern, the positive test result does not come as a surprise based on recent positive results for mule deer in Star Valley and Pinedale in 2017. Recent migration research has shown that some mule deer that summer in Grand Teton National Park spend winters to the east near Dubois and Cody, which have both had deer that have tested positive for CWD in recent years.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Grand Teton National Park are concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer.  The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. State, federal and other agencies within the Jackson and Greater Yellowstone area are continuing to coordinate on efforts to address CWD.

Intensive surveillance in the park has been ongoing since 2009. This has included sampling and testing, through a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish Department, of deer, elk and moose found dead in the park and elk harvested through the elk reduction program.

In 2017, Wyoming Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 samples throughout the state for CWD, a significant increase from past years, and they continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

Wyoming Game and Fish has also conducted surveillance for CWD in elk in northwest Wyoming for more than two decades. Over the last two years Game and Fish has increased surveillance for CWD at the elk feedgrounds with additional personnel. To date, no elk that visit winter feedgrounds have tested positive for the disease. However, with the discovery of CWD in Star Valley and Pinedale, Game and Fish officials believe CWD is likely to arrive in elk at feedgrounds at some point in the future.
Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

To ensure that hunters and the public are informed about CWD, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.  A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.


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