The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has collected more than 7,600 samples for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) since October 1, 2018. All samples were from hunter-harvested, road-killed, or reported diseased white-tailed deer. To date, 19 deer have been confirmed as CWD-positive. The most recent confirmations were female deer (2) from Panola and Tallahatchie counties. Per the MDWFP CWD Response Plan, the North MS CWD Management Zone has expanded (see attached map) in response to these confirmations. 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.
These proactive measures are important in minimizing the unnatural concentration of deer and potential spread of CWD.