The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed that Chronic Wasting Disease was found in a sample from an adult buck harvested recently on private land in northeast Tensas Parish, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.

This is the same deer diagnosed with CWD, which always deadly in deer, earlier this month by the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The hunter-harvested deer is the first to be discovered with CWD in Louisiana.

After that earlier finding, LDWF, in accordance with a Declaration of Emergency order by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, imposed a feeding and baiting ban as well as deer carcass export restrictions in Tensas and nearby Franklin and Madison parishes.

What this order means:

To see the complete declaration of emergency, go to For an in-depth analysis of CWD and the actions LDWD has instituted, please view

For more information, contact Dr. Jim LaCour at