As a result of the Department of Wildlife Resources’ (DWR) 2020 – 2021 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts, CWD was detected for the first time in Rappahannock County. The affected adult buck was harvested during the latter half of the regular firearms season.

DWR is grateful to all cooperating hunters, processors, and taxidermists for their continued support of DWR’s efforts to monitor the deer population for CWD and prevent the spread of the disease. DWR cannot fight this disease alone!

A summary of DWR’s 2020 – 2021 CWD surveillance and monitoring efforts will be released later this winter. Additional information about CWD, can be found on the DWR website at: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/.

End of article. Article courtesy of Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. The Virginia DWR posted this information onto their Facebook account not their website.

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