The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received test results indicating a mature buck collected in Warren County was positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The buck was reported to MDWFP in mid-December as potentially diseased given its drastically emaciated and lethargic condition. It was found approximately 4 miles north of Vicksburg and 4.5 miles south of the first CWD-positive white-tailed deer detected in Mississippi. The sample is considered “suspect positive” through initial testing and will be sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa for final confirmation.
Since February 2018, 111 CWD-positive white-tailed deer have been detected across nine (9) counties. MDWFP is still relying on hunter-harvested deer for the remainder of the 2021–22 hunting season. Hunters can submit deer for testing at established freezer locations or participating taxidermists.
For more information about Chronic Wasting Disease visit www.mdwfp.com/cwd.