BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Deer hunters in Louisiana are being encouraged by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to test their harvest for chronic wasting disease (CWD) at no cost.
LDWF said CWD has not been found in Louisiana but has been detected in neighboring states including Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
“It’s vital to our effort in keeping tabs on CWD to have hunters provide us with samples,’’ said State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour. “There are many ways in which we acquire samples and participation from hunters is our best avenue as we work to keep CWD from entering our state. The more testing that is done the better. The test also gives hunters peace of mind.’’
LDWF outlines the sampling process as follows:
- Record the GPS location of where the deer was harvested.
- Remove the head about five inches below the ear.
- Deer heads may be caped with antlers and skull cap removed.
- Do not freeze. Samples should be refrigerated or saved on ice.
- Complete the online information gathering form and print the email received after completing that form.
- Contact the nearest LDWF Field Office to arrange submission of the specimen.
For more information, visit wlf.louisiana.gov/cwd-testing.