Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC Enlists Hunters Help in Watching for CWD

Oct 8, 2018
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Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is a fatal sickness that deteriorates the brains and nervous systems of white-tailed deer.  And now, it’s affecting deer hunting in Missouri. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation said there have been 33 new cases of CWD in Missouri over the last year, bringing the total 75. That’s a very low percentage of the deer population in Missouri, but the disease is showing signs of growth.


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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first found in Missouri in 2012 in the northwest part of the state.  The disease affects cervids (deer and elk) and is always fatal.  There is no vaccine or cure.

To date, CWD has been confirmed in 11 counties:  Adair, Cedar, Cole, Franklin, Jefferson, Linn, Macon, Perry, Polk, St. Clair and Ste. Genevieve. 

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The George O. White State Forest Nursery is taking orders now for native trees and shrubs.  The Missouri Conservation Department owns the 750-acre nursery and conservation area in Licking, which distributes around 2 and a half million seedlings each year.  It’s been in operation since the mid 1930s, and at the time was under the ownership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Missouri Department of Conservation acquired it in a land swap, according to State Forest Nursery supervisor, Mike Fiaoni.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Greene and Polk Counties.  The findings indicate the tree pest is continuing its spread across the state, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Missouri Department of Conservation

There’s a new public use area for the public to explore.  The Missouri Department of Conservation says the Alfred Newton Gossett Conservation Area in Dallas County is open for public use.

The 671-acre area near Windyville was acquired by MDC in 2017.  The department has surveyed the area, marked bounderies, constructed a parking area and conducted other start-up tasks to get it ready for the public to use it.