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Sept. 13, 2023

Suggested Tweet: State agencies @MyFWC and @FDACS conducting two more public meetings in
#Bonifay and #Marianna to discuss chronic wasting disease, new regulations and #CWD management
prior to hunting season: #Florida

FWC, FDACS and partner agencies to conduct two additional public meetings to discuss new regula-
tions to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in north Florida 

Following confirmation of a positive test for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a single white-tailed deer in
Holmes County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have scheduled two additional public meetings in Bonifay and

The meetings will provide information about chronic wasting disease, updates on the unified agency and par-
tner response, new hunting regulations for the area, sampling and testing procedures, and an opportunity for
area residents to ask questions about CWD and CWD management strategies. Details for the public meetings
are as follows: 

Tuesday, Sept. 19
6 to 8 p.m. (CDT)
Bonifay K-8 School Auditorium
140 Blue Devil Drive
Bonifay, FL 32425 

Tuesday, Oct. 10
6 to 8 p.m. (CDT)
Rivertown Community Church Auditorium
4535 Lafayette Street
Marianna, FL 32446 

Questions for both meetings can be asked in advance by emailing A recording of the first
public meeting can be found at The Florida Channel

The FWC and its agency partners take CWD very seriously and have implemented a comprehensive response plan.
As part of the plan, the FWC and FDACS have been collecting samples from established zones to further assess any
spread of the disease. 

The FWC is asking anyone who sees a sick, abnormally thin deer or finds a deer dead from unknown causes to call
the CWD hotline, 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282) and report the animal’s location. 

For more information, visit

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