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CWD Coming For Alabama

Jennifer Smith

Posted on November 19 2018

Chronic Wasting Disease has been detected nearly 50 miles outside of the Alabama border. The fatal, neurological deer disease has been discovered in over 25 U.S. states and is a major concern for wildlife professionals looking for new ways to control the epidemic. 

Tennessee, for one, has expanded their hunting laws to control Chronic Wasting Disease. Just this week, Tennessee wildlife officials announced that hunters hunting deer outside of the state will need to have the deer carcass investigated and cleared before bringing it back to the state of Tennessee. 

"Hunters in multiple counties in Alabama are now on alert. The top official at Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater and the eventit does come here, we are fully prepared to address it to minimize the risk," says an official with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater and Fisheries. 

To keep deer at bay, homeowners, gardeners and farmers are advised to install deer fencing to reduce the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease between members of cervid species.