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New Facebook hoax targets hunters

New Facebook hoax targets hunters
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In what sounds like a modern day battle of Bugs Bunny versus Elmer Fudd, there's a new hoax making the rounds on Facebook. This time around, it's targeting hunters.

Turns out, someone thought it would be funny to create a fake news story using the site prank.link claiming that deer season in Mississippi is canceled this year due to "an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease." When clicked on, the fake news story takes you to a page that says "You got owned." See it below:

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While the "owned" part gives it away that the link is indeed a prank, several hunters in Mississippi called into the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) for clarification.

According to MDWFP Wildlife Bureau assistant director Chris McDonald, there's not an outbreak, but rather the exact opposite is true. He told USA Today, "It has not been a bad year for hemorrhagic disease because it's been so dry. ... Compared to other years, this has been a slow one for hemorrhagic disease."

Don't fall for a prank like this. Click here for a handy tool that can help you separate fact from fiction online.

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