The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has announced the second case of Chronic Wasting Disease in a 1.5-year-old male white-tailed deer. The MDWFP collected a sample of the deer on October 8th, 2018 in Pontotoc County and initial testing was positive for CWD.
This is the second animal in Mississippi testing positive for the disease, which is fatal to white-tailed deer. MDWFP officials said that a sample will be shipped to the National Veterinary Sciences Laboratory in Iowa for an additional, definitive test.
MDWFP is awaiting the final results before implementing the agency’s CWD Response Plan.
In the meantime, MDWFP is asking hunters to assist with monitoring CWD by voluntarily submitting samples for testing.