Whitetail deer disease affecting management of feral hogs

Whitetail deer disease affecting management of feral hogs

The discovery of chronic wasting disease in a southwest Mississippi whitetail deer will impact anyone trapping feral hogs.

Mississippi wildlife officials announced that CWD was confirmed in a deer killed in Issaquena County. That county is on the Mississippi River. Six counties now are part of the state's CWD Management Zone, which has a 5- to 25-mile containment and buffer zone as part of its management protocol.

Trapping is an effective management tool for feral hogs. But now thanks to CWD things have changed. Here's the press release about one of the changes, from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Sportsmen and landowners who wish to trap wild hogs on their property in Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties must now obtain a permit from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

There is no cost to obtain a permit. Permitting will allow individuals to place bait or attractant within the confines of the hog trap. Bait or attractant placed outside of the hog traps used to lure hogs within the confines of the actual trap is prohibited.

Landowners and hunters in Mississippi counties not within the CWD management zone can continue to trap and take wild hogs as permitted under the Nuisance Animal regulation.

“Our agency faces new challenges with a confirmed CWD case," said Lt. Col. Chris Harris. "We must decrease activity which increases potential of disease spreading, while at the same time affording private landowners within the CWD management zone the opportunity to protect their properties and investments from the ongoing damage that occurs from wild hog damage.”

Interested individuals looking to obtain hog trapping permits can contact the MDWFP Jackson Office at (601) 432-2400 or (601) 432-2176.

For more information regarding CWD in Mississippi visit www.mdwfp.com

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