A second case of chronic wasting disease in Mississippi was discovered in Pontotoc County on October 8 and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks released information this week about the circumstances. According to MDWFP’s Major Chris Reed, a resident called the Pontotoc Sheriff’s Department to report a young buck was behaving strangely.

“Actually, the caller described the deer as attacking his dog,” Reed said. “He was acting abnormally for a typical white-tailed deer. He said the dog was going crazy because the deer wouldn’t leave.”

Reed said he’s unsure if the deer was actually attempting to attack the dog, but had no doubt the deer’s behavior was odd. Reed said the caller attempted to scare the deer by firing two shots into the air and the deer didn’t react. The resident then shot the deer and killed it.

“When the officer arrived, everything lined up with what the caller said,” Reed said.

Sample tissue from the deer was taken to the Mississippi Veterinary and Diagnostic Lab in Pearl where it was tested twice for CWD. Both tests yielded positive results. Sample tissue has now been shipped to the National Veterinary Sciences Laboratory in Iowa for an additional, definitive test.

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