MDC seeking comments on protecting Missouri deer
As Missouri hunters, landowners, and other conservationists know, the Show-Me State offers some of the best deer hunting in the country. Deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians’ lives and family traditions, including almost 520,000 deer hunters and almost two million wildlife watchers.
Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri. Deer hunting supports 12,000 Missouri jobs and gives a $1 billion annual boost to state and local economies.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and current research, infectious diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) could hurt all of this.
“CWD has been found in captive deer and free-ranging deer in north-central Missouri,” explained MDC State Veterinarian Kelly Straka.
Department of Conservation has been working with hunters, landowners, conservation partners, and businesses to detect cases of this infectious disease and limit its spread in free-ranging deer. MDC has also made regulation changes affecting free-ranging deer in the area where CWD has been found.
Missouri’s first cases of CWD were detected in 2010 and 2011 in captive deer at private big-game hunting preserves in Linn and Macon counties.
MDC will host public meetings around the state to provide information on Missouri deer and CWD
• Sept. 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., MDC Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood
For more information, go online to mdc.mo.gov and search Chronic Wasting Disease.