Chronic Wasting Disease Spreading Amongst Deer in Missouri

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), is a fatal and contagious disease that usually spreads slowly among a deer herd, has been discovered in more whitetails recently in Missouri.

As the situation isn’t at a crisis stage right now, it is still a growing concern for biologists in the area. They are predicting that it could one day develop into an emergency if there is no action taken to help the situation soon.

Biologists are concerned of the deer population around the area will become greatly effected over time, as their studies have shown an increase from 20% of harvest deer being infected in 2002 to now 40% of deer that are infected.

In the mean time there have been meetings with the Conservation Commision to approve furter steps to take action on the disease spreading.

Some of the regulations passed are as follows:

▪ Remove the antler-point restrictions on bucks (requiring hunters to shoot only male deer that had at least four points on one side of their racks) in 14 additional counties: Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Knox, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Ste. Genevieve.

▪ Raise the number of firearms antlerless permits hunters may buy from one to two in most of those counties.

Allowing landowners in the CWD area to receive management seals, which allows them and guests to harvest additional deer during the hunting season.

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