Announcement of public forums to combat chronic wasting disease

RALEIGH, NC (September 15, 2022) – North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials have planned three KNOW MDC Public Forums in September and October on chronic wasting disease (CWD). Wildlife Commission staff will discuss the special regulations implemented in CWD surveillance areas established after CWD was detected in two Yadkin County deer earlier this year.

Alleghany, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties are wholly or partially within surveillance areas. Athletes who hunt in these areas are invited to attend the forums to find out about the specific regulations.

Each public forum will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations and will also be streamed live on the agency’s Facebook page. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and registration is not required. Wildlife Commission staff will present information on chronic wasting disease, special regulations, and answer as many questions as possible from attendees. Questions can also be submitted in advance via an online portal, which will remain open until September 20 at 5 p.m.

The KNOW MDC The dates and locations of the public forums are:

Archery deer hunting season opened September 10, and black powder and firearms seasons will open in surveillance areas, as well as the rest of the northwest area, in November. Statewide deer hunting season dates are available on the agency’s website.

CWD is a fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathy caused by abnormal prions that affects white-tailed deer and other cervids. For more information about CWD, visit gand to KNOW MDC and North Carolina’s response through this 6 minute video published by the Wildlife Commission.

Harry L. Blanchard