Thursday, September 01, 2016
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
New Rule Affects Transportation of Big Game Harvested in Other States
JACKSON - Mississippians traveling out of state to hunt big game
this fall need to be aware of a new rule affecting the transport of
their trophy. 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. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a
fatal neurological disease that affects cervids and has been found
in 24 states and 3 foreign countries. A cervid is a member of the
deer family and includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose,
caribou, red deer, sika deer, and fallow deer.
Rule 2.7 states that it 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
confirmed by 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
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
continues to monitor Mississippi for CWD. They ask for your
help by reporting any sick deer you observe. To report a sick
deer, please call 601-432-2199.
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.