It’s an ailment that is causing a serious threat to the deer population, and since January, a feeding ban was enacted in northeast Louisiana in order to minimize the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, into Louisiana says state wildlife veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour.

"We put the feeding ban in place in response to the detection of CWD in Issaquena County, Mississippi, which the index case was just four miles from the Louisiana line," says LaCour of the incident that sparked the ban back in January.

But now, in the parishes of East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has lifted the feeding ban after initial testing of deer in the area did not detect the disease.

Dr. LaCour says the ban was enacted until they completed more research on the area’s deer population. While they can’t test every deer in the state, they have tested enough and results are now in, and looking favorable.