BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The baiting ban in north Louisiana parishes has been lifted after the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) finds no chronic wasting disease (CWD) in over 300 deer samples.
The ban was put in place in Morehouse and Union parishes after CWD was detected several miles north in Arkansas.
“The department is happy about the outcome, and we thank the deer hunters who brought in their harvested deer to be tested,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Their assistance helped shorten the time period that it would have taken to reach our goal.”
However, LDWF will continue to collect samples throughout the deer season and encourages hunters to submit samples. The department said CWD has been detected in surrounding states, including Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi.
For more information on CWD testing, visit wlf.louisiana.gov/cwd-testing.