Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 03:30pm
NASHVILLE — Three counties have had their chronic wasting
disease (CWD) status changed due to the confirmation of the disease
(CWD) in new areas of southwest Tennessee.
Haywood and Chester counties have be reclassified from high risk
counties to CWD-positive counties after deer tested positive in the
respective counties. Lauderdale County has been added as a high-risk
county after a deer tested positive in Tipton County within 10 miles of
the Lauderdale County border.
“These changes are unfortunate, but were expected considering high
prevalence rates in Hardeman and Fayette counties,” said Chuck Yoest,
CWD Coordinator. “The high prevalence there indicates CWD has been
present in southwest Tennessee for years. However, in the rest of the
state, surveillance results have us confident CWD is not present in the
remainder of the state.”
Approximately 400 deer tested positive for CWD in southwest Tennessee
during the 2019-20 deer season with the vast majority being from
Hardeman and Fayette counties. Chester, Haywood, Madison, Shelby, and
Tipton counties are CWD-positive as well. The Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency tested more than 13,000 deer for CWD during the 2019-20
Supplemental feeding of wildlife is banned in in CWD-positive and
high-risk counties. The placement of grains, salt products, and other
consumable natural and manufactured products for wildlife is prohibited.
The ban does not apply to feed placed within 100 feet of a residence,
feed placed in a manner not accessible to deer, or feed and minerals as
the result of normal agricultural practices. Food plots are still legal
in CWD-positive and high-risk counties.
End of Article . Article courtesy of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Full article can be found here https://www.tn.gov/twra/news/2020/1/16/three-counties-have-cwd-status-changed.html