Hunters encouraged to attend
The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will host a public meeting in Florence, Alabama, on Thursday, September 22, 2022, to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) detected in Lauderdale County earlier this year.
The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the University of North Alabama’s Norton Auditorium, located at 1 Harrison Plaza. The public and media are encouraged to attend.
During the meeting, WFF officials will provide an overview of ADCNR’s response to CWD, including a new hunting regulation and the CWD Management Zone covering Lauderdale and Colbert counties. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
CWD is a contagious neurological disease of white-tailed deer and other deer species. The disease is caused by a mutated protein called a prion and is always fatal for white-tailed deer. The Centers for Disease Control reports no strong evidence that CWD can infect humans.
If Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are needed for the meeting, please contact Marianne Gauldin at (334) 242-3469. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the scheduled meeting.
For more information about the detection of CWD in Alabama, visit www.outdooralabama.com/cwd-info.
ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Learn more at outdooralabama.com.