For MDC to lift the mineral ban in counties that have not tested positive.
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In 2016-2017 The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) tested more than 25,600 deer for CWD. The result was that 9 tested positive.A update on the 2017-2018 SAMPLING RESULTS TO DATE here in Missouri. CWD Not Detected 7217 CWD Positive 1 Results Pending 11491
MDC has restricted feeding deer and placing minerals for deer in counties of the CWD Management Zone.
This petition is to inform MDC that countries that have not had any deer tested positive after two years be taken off the CWD Management Zone.
Clearly minerals are important in antler development. Because of the large quantities of minerals required for antler growth, whitetails have developed the ability to “bank” calcium and phosphorus in their skeletons and then transfer these minerals during antler growth. However, these body sources of calcium and phosphorus provide only a portion needed for optimum antler growth. The rest must come directly from their diet while their antlers are actively growing. Therefore, mineral supplementation prior to and during antler growth may be beneficial.
Minerals are also important for does. During gestation and lactation does have high requirements for calcium and magnesium.
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