Chronic wasting disease in deer has been detected in
Mississippi and Louisiana wildlife officials are concerned the fatal disease
will end up in the Bayou State. A four-year-old buck was found dead of CWD
near the Louisiana border.
State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Jim LaCour says
East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parish landowners should curtail feeding of deer.
"We don’t want to congregate those animals or draw them into
an area and get them together where they could share the disease if they are
LaCour says a case of CWD has never been documented in
Louisiana, but infected deer can spread the disease even before symptoms
develop and it's something they don’t want in the Bayou State.
“Long term, it will cause a decrease in the deer herd, in the
deer populations and survivability… overall health of the deer.”
C-W-D is similar to mad cow disease and LDWF is working
with Mississippi wildlife officials on sampling and containment. LaCour says
there’s no evidence CWD can infect humans, but there are concerns about
eating deer that had the disease
“People consider deer to be a wholesome and organic food
source and that would no longer necessarily be the case if Chronic Waste Disease was detected in an area.”