by Shannon Cay
JASPER, Ark. – Another Round of Chronic Wasting Disease results are in and several more tests will be conducted until May 20th, according to Arkansas wildlife officials.
At an informational meeting in Jasper, specialists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission say about 27 more positive CWD tests came back from a group of Newton County samples. Brad Carner with the AGFC says the last round of controlled samples taken from deer and elk that were hunted will come back sometime next week.
However, now the commission is going to test the deer in a different way, using road kill as samples.
Specialists asked the public at the meeting this week to be sure and call in any dead deer or elk you may see on the side of the road as soon as possible, because scientists can only detect the disease a few days after the death. A release from the department says this being deemed as the second phase of testing, determining how prevalent the disease is in north Arkansas.
The Game and Fish Commission will host another information meeting at Carroll Electric Cooperative in Jasper at 11:00 on April 7th. Additionally, the commission now has a number set up for people to call 24/7 to make a sick deer, elk, or road kill report.