The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks began Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling efforts on February 23, 2018 in the 5-mile CWD Containment Zone.
Sixty-four samples were collected and submitted for testing. The results were returned on March 5 indicating all samples were “not detected for CWD”.
In addition, numerous samples from purported sick and road-killed deer have been submitted for testing and these results will be shared upon receipt.
DNA analysis was conducted on the CWD-positive buck that was collected in Issaquena County on January 25, 2018.
Results suggest the buck’s genetics match nearby free-range populations. MDWFP will continue to collect samples from the CWD Management Zone in an effort to determine the extent and prevalence of CWD in local deer populations.