MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is increasing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling surveillance efforts in northwest Alabama after deer in nearby Mississippi and Tennessee counties tested CWD-positive.
CWD is a contagious and deadly neurological disorder that affects members of the deer family. To date, no deer in Alabama have tested positive for CWD.
The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) will conduct a voluntary CWD-sampling station Friday - Sunday, Jan. 4-6, in Hackleburg and Jan. 12-13 in Waterloo in Lauderdale County.
The sampling station in Marion County will be set up in the parking lot of Hackleburg Hardware, 125 Boyd Street, at the intersection of Boyd Street and Highway 172.
Deer may be brought to Hackleburg for sampling during the following dates and times: Friday, Jan. 4, from 2 - 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Deer harvested in Marion, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale and Colbert counties are being targeted, but biologists will sample deer from surrounding counties as well. Sampling involves removing the retropharyngeal lymph nodes from the head of a deer. Hunters may bring in a whole deer, field-dressed deer, or just the head from the harvested animal. Collecting a sample from a harvested deer takes only a few minutes.
Since 2002, WFF has relied on the assistance of hunters who have volunteered their harvested deer for CWD surveillance sampling. WFF is again seeking the assistance of hunters to help conserve Alabama’s natural resources by taking their harvested deer to the Hackleburg or Waterloo CWD-sampling stations. All hunters who volunteer their harvested deer for sampling will receive the CWD surveillance test result.
To learn more about CWD and to get information on future pubic sampling sites, interested persons may visit www.outdooralabama.com/cwd.
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