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Monday, January 29 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
SYMPOSIA-03: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance and Management in Missouri

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AUTHORS. Jasmine Batten, Missouri Department of Conservation; Sherri Russell, Missouri Department of Conservation

ABSTRACT. Missouri began CWD surveillance in 2001 and first detected CWD in it’s free-ranging white-tailed deer population in 2012. Since that time, a total of 42 CWD positive deer have been detected, and although geographic distribution of the disease has increased, disease prevalence in established locations has remained low ( 25,000 samples) compared to what the agency was able to achieve through voluntary sampling (typically 5,000 – 8,000 samples in previous years). Statewide surveillance includes samples collected with cooperating taxidermists, alternating in northern or southern Missouri each year. To achieve the 4th objective, CWD Management Zones are established, including counties that are within a 25-mile radius of CWD detections, and regulations are implemented to limit the spread of the disease. Winter culling is used to remove additional positive deer and decrease deer densities at a localized scale around the locations of positive deer. Communication with the public (objective 3) is achieved through social media, Department publications, press releases, radio and TV, and one-on-one communication. However, misinformation and confusion about CWD management remains one of the greatest challenges. Additional challenges include staff fatigue, landowner support in culling areas, and carcass transportation and disposal. Despite these challenges, management of CWD remains one of the highest priorities for the agency.

Monday January 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST