According to a press release sent this morning by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), the surveillance of white tail deer with chronic wasting disease has increased.
"The FWC has increased CWD monitoring and surveillance in the area and FDACS is prioritizing CWD testing from all samples collected from the tri-county area," the press release noted.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD), sometimes referred to as "zombie deer disease" is a prion disease that has no cure.
The first deer in Florida with CWD was confirmed recently.
According to the FWC's release the FWC, FDACS and partner agencies are going to conduct a public meeting to discuss chronic wasting disease in north Florida. Information from the press release is as following:
Following confirmation of a positive test for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a white-tailed deer in Holmes County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have scheduled a public meeting in Bonifay. The meeting will provide information about chronic wasting disease and an opportunity for area residents to ask questions about CWD and CWD management strategies. Details for the public meeting are as follows:
Thursday, July 6
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CDT)
Bonifay K-8 School Auditorium
140 Blue Devil Drive
Bonifay, FL 32425
The FWC and its agency partners take CWD very seriously and have implemented a comprehensive response plan. As part of the plan, the FWC will collect samples from specific established zones to further assess any spread of the disease. The results from this initial sampling effort will inform resource managers so they can respond with appropriate management strategies.
The FWC has increased CWD monitoring and surveillance in the area and FDACS is prioritizing CWD testing from all samples collected from the tri-county area.
The FWC is asking anyone who sees a sick, abnormally thin deer or finds a deer dead from unknown causes to call the CWD hotline, 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282) and report the animal’s location.
For more information, visit MyFWC.com/CWD.