8 Southwest Missouri Counties Added to Deer Feeding Ban


SOUTHWEST MISSOURI — Chronic wasting disease causes the degeneration of the brains of infected animals, like deer.

“CWD is spread from deer to deer and the potential for transmission increases when deer gather in larger, concentrated numbers,” said MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten. “Feeding deer or placing minerals for deer unnaturally concentrates the animals and can help spread the deadly disease.”

And, in order to help keep the disease from spreading, the Missouri Department of Conservation recently expanded its restrictions on feeding deer.

It goes into effect July 1, 2017.

It will affect 12 new counties.

They include: Barry, Benton, Cedar, Dade, Hickory, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, and Taney Counties.

These 12 will bring the total across the state to 41 counties.

Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Sullivan, Warren, and Washington counties are already included.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, exceptions are feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building,  feed placed  to reasonably exclude access by deer, and feed and minerals present solely as a result of normal agricultural or forest management, or crop and wildlife food production practices.

MDC will also require hunters who harvest deer in CWD Management Zones, to present their deer to one of the 56 MDC Sampling stations.

Those counties with stations are: Adair, Barry, Benton, Cedar, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Franklin, Hickory, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Macon, Moniteau, Ozark, Polk, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, and Washington.

Hunting season begins November 11, 2017 and runs through November 21, 2017.

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