When the Conservation Department was started in 1936, there were only a few thousand deer in Missouri. The 1980s and 90s saw a rapid growth in the state’s deer population, and regulations were set to try to stabilize that growth.Now, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to know what you think about the state’s deer population. The Department is hosting public meetings around the state this summer. Jason Sumners, a resource scientist with the Conservation Department, says the regulations have reduced deer numbers in many places, and it’s time now to assess the situation. That’s
Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. CWD cases are so far limited to a containment zone in north central Missouri, with the state’s first documented case occurring three years ago.
Joe Jerek with the state Conservation Department said hunters should wear latex gloves when field-dressing a deer.
Missouri deer hunters who head out during the fall season are being asked to help the state determine the spread of chronic wasting disease, especially in northern counties.
The Department of Conservation will take tissue samples from Sept. 15 through Jan. from deer killed in Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan counties. Hunters are asked to take their deer to collection points that will be set up in those areas.
Joe Jerek is a spokesperson for the MDC. He says it’s easy for hunters to get samples and it’s crucial to the MDC’s containment efforts.
Officials have scheduled a series of open houses in north-central Missouri to discuss a disease that's fatal to deer.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold six public meetings this month in towns near areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. The events will include presentations on the disease and actions that have been taken to prevent its spread.