Hunters Help with CWD Management in Tennessee

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announced its initial chronic wasting disease (CWD) response efforts were successful. The agency sampled more than 2,700 deer for the disease in the CWD Management Zone with the assistance of hunters.

“Thanks to the cooperation of hunters and efforts by agency staff, we exceeded our sampling goals for the CWD Management Zone,” said Chuck Yoest, TWRA CWD coordinator. “The information gathered from these efforts is critical to developing a successful long-term CWD management plan.”

The CWD Management Zone, established in December, has grown to include eight southwest Tennessee counties. The counties are Chester, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton. Tipton County was just added this week upon confirmation of a CWD positive deer harvested near its border in the adjacent Fayette County.

Statewide, TWRA was able to obtain samples from almost 5,400 deer during the 2018-19 deer hunting seasons. All CWD positives found were harvested in Fayette, Hardeman, and Madison counties.

 It will take until later in February for all the results from the samples to be received by the TWRA. Once the results are received and analyzed, final development of the long-term CWD management plan will be completed.

(Photo source: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)