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“Arkansas Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease” airs May 23

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What is chronic wasting disease (CWD), how does it affect the state’s wildlife and what precautions do hunters need to take? Join us and experts from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Monticello to discuss in “Arkansas Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease” on Monday, May 23, at 8 p.m.

Our experts will explain more about CWD — found in deer, elk and other related animals — and how the neurological disease affects the state’s game populations. The disease, which is most commonly transmitted through infected animals’ body secretions, is comparable to mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep.

CWD was first confirmed in Arkansas in February of 2016. The AGFC has completed its first phase of CWD monitoring and has confirmed that the disease was found in Newton and Boone counties. Hunters are advised to take precautions while handling deer, elk and related animals. Further information can be found at, and viewers are encouraged to share their questions for the chance to hear them answered live during the broadcast.

Questions and comments may be submitted via phone at 1-800-662-2386, email at or on Twitter with #ARAsk.


Monday, May 23, 2016

“Arkansans Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease,” 8 p.m.


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