MDWFP changes educational session topic ahead of monthly meeting

Published 12:04 pm Friday, December 9, 2022

JACKSON — Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will not host an educational session on the topic of Chronic Wasting Disease as originally planned. The department sent out a new meeting agenda ahead of Dec.15’s meeting. 

MDWFP was scheduled to host Jennifer Ballard, state veterinarian, and Cory Gray, research director, with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease. Mississippi’s first detection of the disease was in 2018 while Arkansas first detected it in 2016 in an elk. 

One of the commissioners had urged the public to attend the education session held at 9:30 to learn more about the disease at the November meeting. However, the updated agenda states the education session will be a review of the Special Response Team presented by Captain Steven Westerfield.

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All other agenda items remained unchanged and the business session of the meeting will start at 10 a.m.