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Deer Processing to Minimize CWD Risks (without removing internal organs)

Publication Number: P3305
View as PDF: P3305.pdf

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has the potential to negatively affect deer populations in Mississippi, which is the reason deer-management experts are currently seeking information regarding the location and prevalence of the disease. Also of interest is whether the meat of the affected deer is safe to consume. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends testing deer harvested in CWD zones and, if CWD is detected, discarding the meat. If a deer is acting abnormal or showing signs or symptoms of CWD (see references below), take extra precautions in the harvesting process. Testing is the only way to know for certain if the deer has CWD. 

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