Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas
Chronic wasting disease was first detected in a 2½-year-old, hunter-harvested, female elk near Pruitt, about 12 miles east of Ponca. The elk was shot Oct. 6, 2015, but the samples from that annual testing group were not confirmed CWD positive until Feb. 23, 2016.
CWD was confirmed in Arkansas’s white-tailed deer herd March 8, 2016, when a 2½-year-old female deer that was found dead near Boxley Valley tested positive for the disease.
The AGFC has completed its first phase of CWD monitoring, and has confirmed that the disease has a prevalence of 23 percent in Newton and Boone counties. Of 266 randomly collected wild deer, 62 were found to have the fatal disease.
Phase two of the CWD monitoring effort will be to determine how far the disease has spread in Arkansas. Wildlife biologists and wildlife officers across the state will collect road-killed deer and deer reported sick or dead from the public to test them for the disease.
If you see a deer or elk you suspect of having CWD, please report it at email@example.com or call 1-800-482-9262.