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How hunters can help reduce spread of chronic wasting disease

Published by Central Office October 3, 2017

Contact(s): Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief, 608-266-3143

MADISON - Hunters participating in any of the deer hunts this fall are reminded to observe Wisconsin regulations and to consider supplemental, voluntary recommendations when transporting carcasses across county or state lines. The movement of deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease is a key pathway in the spread of this disease.

"The infectious nature of the CWD prion contributes to an increased risk of introduction and spread of CWD if carcasses are brought to areas where CWD is not known to exist if not disposed of properly," said Tami Ryan, wildlife health section chief for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Carcass movement restrictions are currently in place to limit the spread of disease. Both whole wild-deer carcasses and certain parts of carcasses from CWD-affected counties can only be moved within CWD-affected counties and an adjacent county. As an added voluntary action, it is recommended that carcasses remain within the county or an adjacent county to which the deer was harvested. Hunters may also consider applying this voluntary action to all areas of the state.

To view exceptions and a complete list of rules, go to dnr.wi.gov and search keyword, "CWD."

Hunters from other states/provinces should be aware of their state's carcass movement restrictions of deer harvested in Wisconsin before heading home.

Whole carcasses and parts of carcasses, other than those listed, from these states and provinces are not allowed into Wisconsin unless taken to a meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry into Wisconsin.

For more information on deer hunting dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "deer." For more information on CWD and reducing the spread search keyword "CWD."

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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