EL DORADO (AGFC) – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will discuss proposals for hunting regulations changes concerning chronic wasting disease at their June meeting at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Building, June 16.
AGFC staff have held public meetings throughout the state, a live call-in show on Arkansas Educational Television Network and posted an online survey to gather public comments during the last month to gauge public acceptance of possible regulations changes. Commissioners also have been briefed by many authorities and biologists from outside the AGFC on chronic wasting disease during previous Commission meetings.
AGFC staff continue to monitor the possible spread of CWD in the state by testing road-killed animals and sick deer reported with the public’s assistance. The AGFC has received CWD-positive results on 90 deer and 4 elk since it first was discovered in February. The most recent positive result came from a road-killed deer found near Hilltop in Boone County.
Commissioners will make a final official vote on CWD-related proposals June 24, during a special Commission meeting.