EL DORADO, Ark. (KNOE) – Officials from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission say continued hunting is the best way to fight chronic wasting disease in the state.
They describe the plan in five parts:
- Keep hunting
- “Reducing deer density in areas where CWD is known can help slow the spread to new areas. Deer naturally disperse less in lower density herds, ”Ballard said. “The samples added from across the state also help us monitor for disease on the landscape.” – Dr. Jenn Ballard, state wildlife veterinarian for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
- Have your deer tested
- Avoid the artificial congregation
- It is highly recommended hunters stop baiting, using mineral licks and other supplementary foods.
- Keep it local
- Hunters should limit the movement of any deer, live or dead, from an area known to have CWD to prevent its spread.
- Report sick or dead deer
- Anyone who sees a deer showing clinical signs of CWD or found dead with no apparent injury is encouraged to contact the CFGA immediately. Call 800-482-9262 to report any deer that exhibit lack of awareness, poor posture, insatiable thirst, or extremely emaciated gaze. Dispatchers are available to answer calls 24/7.
The following information is a review of the CWD in South Arkansas on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website.
CWD found in southern Arkansas
Chronic wasting disease was confirmed on December 2, 2021 in a whitetail deer slaughtered in Union County in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Reserve during the modern firearms license hunt scheduled for the region in mid-November.
What is the CWD?
Chronic wasting disease is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects members of the deer and elk families. This disease is caused by a deformed protein called a prion that builds up in the tissues of infected animals. These animals experience a long incubation period (often over 12 months) during which they show no outward signs of disease, but are able to shed CWD prion and infect other deer and elk. . When clinical signs of the disease appear, infected animals may lose weight, adopt unusual posture or behavior, and eventually lose consciousness of their surroundings. This clinical phase is usually short with a uniformly fatal outcome.
How is it spread?
Infected animals excrete CWD prion in their urine, feces and saliva. Infectious prions can also be deposited from the carcasses and tissues of infected animals. MDC prions are very stable and stay in the environment for years. They can also be taken up by plants from contaminated soil, making them more available to infect foraging deer and elk.
Is It Safe To Eat Deer With CWD?
Currently, there is no scientific evidence that CWD is transmitted to humans, pets, or livestock under natural conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that you have your deer or elk tested when hunting in areas where CWD is known before eating meat. Likewise, it is not recommended to feed domestic animals meat from sick or sick wild animals. Visit the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention for more information on the CWD.
How did he get to South Arkansas?
It is currently unknown where the source of the MDC originated in southern Arkansas. This case is over 70 miles from the nearest known positive case (Issaquena County, Mississippi) and over 200 miles from the nearest known positive case in Arkansas (Scott County). The AGFC is trying to work with local hunters, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to conduct more sampling in the immediate area to determine the spread of this event.
Where else has MDC been found in Arkansas?
As of December 2, 2021, CWD has been confirmed in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Independence, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Union and Washington counties.
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