Whitetail Deer Surveillance on Tribal Lands Listening Session
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is hosting a listening session regarding Whitetail Deer Surveillance on Tribal Lands. Read the letter to Tribes.
APHIS monitoring found SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) antibodies in approximately 40% of white-tailed deer in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York. Additionally findings have determined deer in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Ohio, and other states have also been infected with the virus. In response, APHIS and its partners will conduct a multi-year study to understand the impacts of SARS-CoV-2 in white-tailed deer to human and animal health.
All Tribal Nations have been invited to attend a webinar December 16, 2021 at 1:00pm (EST) to provide details on the project and allow for comments, concerns and ideas for conducting surveys on Tribal Lands.
Read the NAFWS Press Release providing Tribal members and hunters guidelines for reducing risk of COVID exposure and spread.