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Mississippi announces second deer found with fatal disease

A second case of a debilitating deer disease has been found in Mississippi. The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced Friday that a white-tailed deer found Oct. 8 in Pontotoc County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The contagious and fatal neurological disease typically causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. The ...

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Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens Friday

Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens at noon Friday for 10 days. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says a total of 930 permits in seven hunting zones statewide were offered in two random drawings in mid-June. There were over 4,000 applicants. The department’s alligator program coordinator, Ricky Flynt, says he’s expecting high participation among hunters during the season, ...

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Mississippi trims zone aimed to stop spread of deer disease

Mississippi officials are setting new rules about feeding wildlife and hog trapping in an effort to control a debilitating deer disease. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted last week to ban feeding and require permits for hog trapping in Warren County, as well as most of Issaquena and Sharkey counties. No deer carcasses can be transported outside ...

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State acquires 18,000 acres in south Mississippi Delta

Nearly 18,000 acres (7,000 hectares) in Mississippi’s Delta region have been acquired by the state in the largest piece of land it has bought in 40 years. The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday the sale of the Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena and Warren counties was announced last week. It’s expected to open in 2019. The area offers some of Mississippi’s ...

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MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

Hunters throughout Mississippi hope to find a big buck this Saturday [Nov. 19], the start of deer season. It is well understood by hunters and biologists alike that deer vary in body and antler size across the state. Larger deer are thought to be the descendants of the Northern deer that were released in the state during restoration efforts in ...

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Stricklin: Deer parasites don't affect quality of venison

STARKVILLE — Hunters who shoot a deer and discover that the animal is a host to parasites should still get the fire ready for cooking, according to Bronson Stricklin, a wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Stricklin wrote: While dressing a deer this fall, there are some common parasites you may encounter. None ...

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Study: Black bears likely to live another 100 years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new study of the animals that inspired teddy bears finds that Louisiana black bears are likely to survive another century as long as conditions remain stable. The report released yesterday by the U.S. Geological Survey could lead to the bears’ removal from the list of threatened animals, said Maria Davidson, head of the Louisiana Department of ...

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Hunting deer? There's an app for that

STARKVILLE — Deer hunters can take wildlife biologists’ expertise with them to the woods this season by downloading free apps from Mississippi State University. Three smartphone apps were developed by experts with the MSU Deer Lab, a collaborative effort of the MSU Extension Service and MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center. “We tried to address a variety of deer-related issues ...

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Strickland: Hunters shouldn't fear common deer diseases

STARKVILLE — Hunters who discover sick deer should not be overly concerned, according to a Mississippi State University researcher. Bronson Strickland, wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, writes: “As a wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I get many phone calls and emails from hunters during the hunting season asking, “What’s wrong ...

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Researcher: Wild hogs not a mere nuisance

By: Marina Denny, Ed.D. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States. Brought to the Americas by early Spanish explorers as a livestock animal and later transported by hunting enthusiasts, wild hogs have spread rapidly throughout the Southeast. One reason wild hogs are ...

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