LITTLE ROCK — Van Buren County has been added to a management zone that is under special wildlife regulations to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease, the state Game and Fish Commission said Monday.

No confirmed cases of the disease have been found in Van Buren County, but an elk that tested positive for the disease was collected in Searcy County last year within a few miles of the county line, the agency said.

Under the commission’s management strategy for disease containment, counties within a 10-mile radius of a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease are included in the management zone.

Hunters who successfully harvest a deer in Van Buren County will no longer be allowed to move any part of their deer except for deboned meat, hides, cleaned antlers and skull plates, and finished taxidermy items outside of the management zone.

Also, placing food for wildlife viewing is now banned in the county, with some exceptions.

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