The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received confirmation that a female white-tailed deer from Panola County and a female white-tailed deer from Tallahatchie County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
These are the first deer to test positive for CWD in both counties. The Panola County deer was a diseased deer report and the Tallahatchie County deer was hunter-harvested. MDWFP will be assessing management zone changes to include these counties as per the CWD Response Plan.
During the 2018-19 season, MDWFP received more than 7,000 samples through hunter-harvested, road-killed, and reported diseased deer. To date, Mississippi has 15 confirmed CWD positives and four suspect positives awaiting confirmation.
MDWFP appreciates hunters submitting samples during this hunting season.