LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Stay up-to-date with the latest information about chronic wasting disease and proposals to help combat its spread in Arkansas. Two of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s 11 public meetings held throughout Arkansas last week were streamed live and still are available for viewing.
Recordings of the meeting at the Little Rock headquarters held May 24 and at the Brinkley Convention Center held May 26 are available to view at https://www.youtube.com/user/ArkansasGameandFish.
Once viewers have had a chance to see the presentation and the reasons behind some of the regulations proposals concerning CWD, they can fill out a public comment form at www.agfc.com/cwd.
“We want to make sure people understand that this is not a vote,” said Cory Gray, deer program coordinator for the AGFC. “We want to hear people’s comments and make sure the Commissioners have all the information they need before making a final decision, but the final say is up to the Commission. When you’re up against a wildlife disease, some hard decisions have to be made, but there can be some small compromises.”
Gray says the AGFC continues to gather samples from target animals and roadkills across Arkansas, and four additional positive cases have been found in the last batch of results.
“We are now at 93 positive cases of CWD in the state,” Gray said. “Three more bucks from Newton County and one doe from Carroll County came in Friday.”
To date CWD has been found in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Pope counties.
The Commission plans to adjust or adopt these proposals at its June 16 Commission meeting with a final official vote the week after.