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Arkansas rabbit disease detection retracted

April 14, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been notified that the detection of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus in northeast Arkansas was made in error and has been retracted.

Rabbit disease spotted in Arkansas

April 7, 2021

JONESBORO — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has identified The Natural State’s first positive case of a fatal rabbit disease in a domestic rabbit in northeast Arkansas. 

Don’t be a superspreader; keep bird feeders clean

March 17, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to take the time to keep bird feeders clean and prevent the spread of diseases among the feathered friends you are trying to help. 

Rice breast in ducks unsightly but no cause for alarm

Dec. 9, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Talk about rice in Arkansas, and the relationship to ducks and duck hunting isn’t far behind. One type of “rice” hunters may discover when duck hunting has nothing to do with Arkansas’s favorite grain, and often fuels calls to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s biologists and wildlife health line.

Fungal infection on sport fish no cause for alarm

Nov. 25, 2020

As the weather cools, and many outdoors enthusiasts begin to put away their boats for winter, some are cashing in on the solitude and lower fishing pressure on their favorite lake. But as their catch rates increase, so do their chances of catching some fish that may be a bit unsightly. Many anglers send in photos to fisheries biologists and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Facebook page this time of year with bass or crappie that look like they’ve got a bad case of acne.

AGFC offering free tests for deer disease

Sept. 23, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by having this year’s harvested deer tested for chronic wasting disease at one of more than 100 free testing locations throughout The Natural State this season. 

AGFC on lookout for new rabbit virus

June 17, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — A new disease is sweeping through rabbit populations in the United States, and it has officials at both the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture concerned. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious virus that is nearly always fatal and is capable of causing high mortality in both domestically raised rabbits and wild rabbit species found in Arkansas.