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Chronic Wasting Disease

Supplemental Feeding and Carcass Transportation Ban

  • Supplemental feeding is banned in all CWD Management Zones (salt licks, mineral licks, and feeders). Direct contact with prions is the most effective means of transmitting CWD. Research indicates saliva may have the highest concentration of prions. Thus, to minimize concentration of deer and potential spread of CWD, supplemental feeding is banned within all CWD Management Zones.

  • Carcasses may not be transported outside of any CWD Management Zone. Research has shown that decomposed carcasses of infected animals can also contribute to transmission when prions bind to soil and plant material. Thus, movement of carcasses may introduce CWD into previously uninfected areas. Any harvested deer may be taken directly to a taxidermist or meat processor within the CWD Management Zone. Only the below products may leave the CWD Management Zone:
    • Cut/wrapped meat (commercially or privately)
    • Deboned meat
    • Hides with no head attached
    • Finished taxidermy
    • Antlers with no tissue attached
    • Cleaned skull plates (no brain tissue)
    • Cleaned skulls (no lymphoid or brain tissue)

 

Pontotoc CWD Management Zone

The Pontotoc CWD Management Zone includes Union and Pontotoc counties and all portions of Lee County west of Hwy 45.

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Issaquena CWD Management Zone

The CWD Management Zone includes portions of Issaquena, Sharkey, and Warren counties. The area is defined as:

  • All portions of Warren County
  • All areas east of the Mississippi River
  • All areas south of Highways 14 and 16
  • Areas west of the Yazoo River 

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