Richmond, VA — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) will be holding public information meetings to provide an overview of the Department’s response to the report in September of the first confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a white-tailed deer in West Virginia. The deer was found in Hampshire County, West Virginia, 10 miles from the Virginia state line. This prompted the Department to activate part of its CWD Response Plan, which will result in increased CWD surveillance especially in northwest Virginia.

These meetings will provide background information about CWD, and will provide a summary of the Department’s planned CWD surveillance activities. In particular, VDGIF staff will be describing how hunters and the general public can assist the Department with this effort, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

All interested members of the public are encouraged to attend as well as visit our Web site at www.dgif.virginia.gov for information about CWD and these meetings.

October 3, 2005

Woodstock

Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room

600 North Main St., Woodstock

7 p.m.

October 5, 2005

Loudoun County

Town office in the council chambers

130 E. Main Street, Purcellville

7 p.m.

October 6, 2005

Winchester

Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room

107 North Kent St., Winchester

7 p.m.