The Best Way to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas: Keep Hunting

EL DORADO, Ark. (KNOE) – Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials say continued hunting is the best way to combat chronic wasting disease in the state.

They outline the five-part plan:

  • Keep chasing
    • “Reducing deer density in areas where chronic wasting disease is known can help slow the spread to new areas. Deer naturally disperse less from low density herds,” Ballard said. “The additional samples from across the state are also helping us monitor disease occurrence across the landscape.” – Dr. Jenn Ballard, state wildlife veterinarian for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
  • Have your deer tested
  • Avoid artificial congregation
    • It’s highly recommended hunters put an end to baiting, the use of mineral licks and other supplemental foods.
  • stay local
    • Hunters should limit the movement of deer, alive or dead, from an area known to have CWD to prevent its spread.
  • Report a sick or dead deer
    • Anyone seeing a deer showing clinical signs of CWD or found dead with no apparent injury is encouraged to contact the AGFC immediately. Call 800-482-9262 to report any deer that shows lack of consciousness, poor posture, insatiable thirst, or an extremely emaciated look. Dispatchers are available to take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The following information is a review of chronic wasting disease in southern Arkansas from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website.

CWD found in southern Arkansas

Chronic wasting disease was confirmed on December 2, 2021 in a white-tailed deer harvested from Union County at the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge during the modern firearms permit hunt planned for the area in mid-November.

What is MDC?

Chronic wasting disease is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects members of the deer and elk family. This disease is caused by a misshapen protein, called a prion, which accumulates 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 the CWD prion and infect other deer and elk. . When clinical signs of the disease appear, infected animals may lose weight, adopt unusual postures or behaviors and possibly lose awareness of their surroundings. This clinical phase is generally short with a uniformly fatal outcome.

How does it spread?

Infected animals excrete the CWD prion in their urine, feces and saliva. Infectious prions can also be deposited from the carcasses and tissues of infected animals. CWD prions are very stable and remain 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 MDC?

Currently, there is no scientific evidence of transmission of CWD to humans, pets, or livestock under natural conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends having your deer or elk tested when hunting in areas where CWD is known to be present before eating the meat. Similarly, it is not recommended to feed pets with meat from sick or diseased wild animals. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on chronic wasting disease.

How did he get to southern Arkansas?

It is currently unknown where 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 the 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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