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CWD regulations adopted for 2018-19 hunting season

A deer before chronic wasting disease, which has an incubation of 16-20 months, sets in. Deer with CWD only look sick for the last six to eight weeks of their lives. (Submitted photo)

The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, adopted regulations for the revised Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Zone for the 2018-2019 hunting season during the August 16th meeting held at J.P. Coleman State Park.

Regulations were approved after the thirty day comment period and take effect immediately. The new zone includes portions of Issaquena, Sharkey, and Warren counties and is identified as all areas south of Highways 14 and 16, areas west of the Yazoo River, all portions of Warren County, and all areas east of the Mississippi River.

The supplemental feeding ban and permitted hog trapping are lifted in Hinds, Claiborne, and Yazoo counties. Within the revised zone, supplemental feeding is banned and hog trapping must be permitted through Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. (MDWFP)  Also, no portions of cervid carcasses may be transported outside of zone. For products that may leave the CWD Management Zone see the 2018-2019 CWD Hunting Season Handout located on mdwfp.com/cwd.

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