Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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Black bear sightings in Washington County have been reported to Fayetteville Animal Services in recent weeks. Officials say the bears typically migrate through the area around this time each year. Black bears are native to Arkansas and you can learn more about them from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Game and Fish Consider Chronic Wasting

May 16, 2016

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold another round of meetings to address the more than eighty confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in Arkansas.

In February, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed that an elk discovered in Newton County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. Since that time, testing has revealed a greater prevalence of the degenerative disease than Game and Fish officials had hoped to discover within the area. We get an update on testing efforts and on how the Game and Fish Commission hopes to prevent further spread of the disease.

This week, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed that an elk harvested in late 2015 was afflicted by Chronic Wasting Disease, the first such confirmed case in Arkansas. We speak with an agency official to learn more about the disease and about what the agency is doing to prevent its spread.

To celebrate its centennial, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host open houses Saturday at its nature centers, fish hatcheries and education centers across the state. We visit the Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery to learn more about their work.

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