Missouri Mandates CWD Testing

whitetail-deer-091212This coming fall and winter, MDC will increase its CWD‐testing efforts in its CWD management zones. The management zones consist of 29 counties within or that touch a radius of approximately 25 miles from where the disease has been found. Counties in the CWD management zones are: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Crawford, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Louis, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Washington, and Warren.

The Department will require hunters to present their deer for CWD testing at an MDC testing location if they harvest it in one of these 29 counties during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12 and 13. The testing is free and hunters can also get free test results.

“We are in the process of working out the logistics for this important CWD‐testing effort and will have more details this summer and fall,” explained MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Kelly Straka. “We will be providing several locations in each of the 29 counties to help make getting their deer tested as convenient as possible for hunters.”

MDC will also continue working with meat processors and taxidermists in the 29 counties to provide free CWD testing during other parts of the upcoming deer‐hunting seasons. The Department will also continue its broader ongoing CWD monitoring efforts with a focus on the northern half of the state for the upcoming season.

For more information on CWD in Missouri, visit the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/CWD.

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