Friday, November 18, 2016
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Cases of Illegal Carcass Importation Increase
JACKSON - Over the last week, Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers have
made nine different cases on illegal importation of cervid
carcasses. Some of these cases originated from concerned citizens
and through cooperation with other state and federal agencies.
In May 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
passed 40 Miss. Admin Code, Part 2, Rule 2.7 Prohibition on Cervid
Carcass Importation, to Protect Mississippi from Chronic Wasting
Disease. Rule 2.7 states thatit is unlawful to import, transport,
or possess any portion of a cervid carcass originating from any
state, territory, or foreign country where the occurrence of CWD
has been confirmedby either the state wildlife agency, state
agriculture agency, state veterinarian, United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS),
or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
This rule shall not apply to the importation of:
- Meat from cervids that has been completely deboned.
- Antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates or cleaned
skulls where no tissue is attached to the skull.
- Cleaned teeth.
- Finished taxidermy and antler products.
- Hides and tanned products.
- Any portions of white-tailed deer originating from the land
between the Mississippi River levees in Arkansas
As of August 31, 2016, CWD has been confirmed in the following
states: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New
York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota,
Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Additionally, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan,
Norway, and South Korea are CWD positive. CWD has not been found in
"Hunters who are hunting in a CWD positive state need to be
aware of these new regulations before they bring their trophy back
to Mississippi," said Col. Steve Adcock, MDWFP Chief of Law
Enforcement. "Our officers are working diligently to prevent CWD
from entering into Mississippi."
For more information on CWD, please visit the CWD Alliance
website at cwd-info.org. For
more information regarding hunting in Mississippi, visit us at www.mdwfp.com or call us at
601-432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.