Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Hosting CWD Public Meeting Following First Positive Detection

January 9, 2024 By: Amber Kornak

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (Kentucky Fish and Wildlife) is hosting a public meeting to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Ballard County and the agency’s response after the disease was recently detected in the county.​​ This fall, a hunter-harvested 2 ½ year old male white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD in Ballard County, making it Kentucky’s first positive case. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife personnel will present information on CWD, review proposed regulations, answer questions and receive public input.

​​The public meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, 6 – 8 p.m. (CST) at Grace Church, 3752 Paducah Rd. (Hwy. 60), in La Center, Kentucky.

​​Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is encouraging the public to use the department’s sick deer online reporting form to report deer that appear to be sick and have no obvious sign of injury. Reports will be reviewed by the agency’s wildlife health program staff, who will contact the person submitting the report if additional information is needed.

​​For the latest information on CWD in Kentucky, visit the department’s Chronic Wasting Disease webpage.

The National Deer Association (NDA) strongly encourages our Kentucky members and supporters to attend the public meeting. NDA outlines deer diseases are a critical focus area and slowing the spread of CWD is of primary concern. To learn more about CWD, click here.

About Amber Kornak:

Amber Kornak is a Policy Intern with the National Deer Association. She received her bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. She has 8 years of wildlife experience working with big game animals such as bears, deer and elk. Amber is an outdoor enthusiast currently residing in Northwest Montana.