10 things to know about chronic wasting disease in Mississippi

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From 1998 until 2016, the Montana tested more than 17,000 in the wild, deer, moose and elk for CWD. There were no positive tests — until this fall.
WochitPopulation reduction not included in the response planQuestions, rumors and false information circulating after a deer tested positive for Chronic wasting disease in Mississippi. Here’s what you need to know.(Photo: Stephen Kirkpatrick/Special to the C), Chronic wasting disease was discovered for the first time in a Mississippi white-tailed deer and concern about the disease, which is always fatal for the deer, is high among the hunters in the state.Most Mississippi hunters have never had to deal with the MDC and, therefore, the questions about how it will affect them and the deer are pouring in. So, here are ten things to know about the discovery of the disease and how it will have an impact on the Mississippi river.1. Infected buck found in the Delta of The infected buck was spotted by a hunter on private land in Issaquena County in a field on private land, on the 25th of January. According to Larry Castle, director of Technical Programs for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, he was living and acting strangely.”It is my understanding, the hunter saw a deer that doesn’t seem to be healthy,” Castle said. “The hunter didn’t know, but it had all the classic symptoms of the end of the term of the MDC.”The deer was dead in the food plot the next day. The deer died of pneumonia, which is common to the MDC.”more: Chronic wasting disease found in Mississippi deerCastle explained that many deer with CWD, often, n’’t die of the disease, but succumb to death due to their weakened state, such as predation, vehicle collisions, or, as in this case, a second infection.2. The symptoms of CWD According to MDWFP, infected animals lose weight, lose appetite, and develop an insatiable thirst. They tend to stay away from herding, walking in patterns, carry their head low, drooling, and gnashing of teeth.However, other diseases may cause similar symptoms, so not all deer exhibiting these symptoms necessarily has the MDC.3. Where the male came from The origin of the animal and how he contracted the disease is unknown. Some speculate that he may have come across in the Mississippi. Others wonder if she was somehow related to a speaker, which hunters often associated with the spread of the disease due to illegally imported deer.According to Castle, there is no enclosure near the spot where the deer was found, but in the past there have been. DNA samples have been taken in an effort to find the place where the deer may have its origin. Related: Mississippi man gets the deer to the Super Bowl champ4. The power supply, the trapping, the surveys assigned to a Supplementary power supply for the deer and the trapping of wild pigs in the CWD Management Zone have been directly affected. All the extra meal has been prohibited in the area. Also, the permit shall be obtained from the MDWFP to trap the wild boars in the area and the bait should not be on the outside of the traps. Pour corn or other grains on the ground for camera surveys has been prohibited in the area, too.The CWD Management Zone includes Issaquena, Warren, Claiborne, Yazoo, Sharkey, and Hinds counties. in Louisiana, the managers of the land in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes are encouraged by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, to stop the supplemental feeding of deer.5. The tests for the MDC Castle said the MDC Intervention Plan includes killing the deer for sampling purposes as there is no practical way to test a person for the MDC. Under the current regime of 60 deer will be tested in the central zone of the management area. If more cases of CWD are found, sampling should continue.If no additional cases are found, the Castle has said the department will continue to sample as they’ve done in the past with the addition of samples taken from the hunting and harvest of deer in the area.Related: Young hunter bags trophy buck in the final minutes of season6. No reduction in the population expected Castle has also explained that there are no plans to kill deer for the sole purpose of containing the disease. He said that this method has been tried in Wisconsin, but in the end, he failed.7. The rate of Infection is Currently unknown, there is one case of CWD in Mississippi, and how many other, if any, you be found is unknown. In Arkansas, one case was discovered in February 2016 and testing resulted in dozens more in the coming months. Castle says he hopes that this will not be the case in Mississippi.”Issaquena is the heaviest the county we’ve sampled,” Castle said. It’s essentially clubs.”, It’s that we could get large () samples. Not that we thought Issaquena was in danger, it was just the availability of samples.”, Castle said that the disease may have been found early enough that it has not reached the high prevalence or generalized.Related: Hunters should report deer, turkey harvests under the bill of the House passes8. A power booster and the MDC Additional power supply is not the cause of the encephalopathy of cervids. Many hunters immediately turned to social media to blame those who provide a supplemental feed for the introduction of CWD into the Mississippi river. However, supplemental feeding concentrates deer in small areas and increases the risk of spread of the disease.9. The MDC and human health, While there has been no confirmed case of CWD in humans, the hunters are warned against eating or handling of meat from a deer that appear sick. And because deer can be infected by CWD and do not show symptoms for years, all hunters are invited to manipulate the meat with the greatest of care. MDWFP asked hunters to avoid contact with certain parts of a deer, in particular the spinal cord and the brain. The meat must be boneless with all fat cut off to ensure the removal of lymph nodes, and hunters should wear latex or rubber gloves when cleaning a deer.Related: Hunting big buck comes from a rare, emotional end10. The elimination of the carcass, Hunters must also use the carcass of a deer disposal methods in the six counties affected. Hunters are encouraged to take the carcass to an approved landfill or bury the rest deep enough that scavengers can’t access and the spread of proteins that cause CWD.Currently, a list of the landfill sites has not been compiled.For more information on CWD in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com.LESS OF $ 10$ : Get a digital subscription today at this special rate

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