04-25-16 Bad news just got worse with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission receiving confirmation that two additional deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, and that both are from outside the targeted area near Boxley. This is the first time CWD has been confirmed outside the immediate region where it was first confirmed.

A deer in Madison County and another deer in Pope County tested positive for the always-fatal disease. The Madison County deer was a 2-year-old doe found near Kingston (2.9 miles west of the CWD focal area). The Pope County deer was a 2-year-old buck found near London (44.4 miles south of the focal area).

The  AGFC has now received confirmation of 84 animals (81 deer and 3 elk) with the disease. A total of 674 wild animals (645 white-tailed deer and 29 elk) have been sampled since laboratory results confirmed the disease Feb. 23, 2016.

Anyone who sees a sick, dead or road-killed deer or elk should contact the AGFCs radio room at 800-482-9262. Operators are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Reports will be sent to the appropriate person to collect samples.

Deer or elk infected with CWD tend to stay away from herds, may lose their fear of humans, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate excessively and grind their teeth. As the disease progresses, the animal will lose weight, develop an insatiable thirst and lose bodily functions.

The AGFC will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., May 19, at Carroll Electric Cooperative, 511 E. Court St. in Jasper, to update the public on proposed hunting regulations.