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DNREC cautions Delaware hunters on bringing deer home from out-of-state CWD-positive areas November 21, 2012

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     DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking for cooperation from Delaware deer hunters planning to hunt in Pennsylvania’s Adams and York counties and cautioning them that, due to the recent detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in those areas, restrictions will apply for bringing their bounty home.
     CWD is a neurological condition found in deer, elk and moose in which an abnormal protein material called a prion invades and gradually destroys the animal’s brain. It is thought to be 100 percent fatal and believed to be transmitted to healthy white-tailed deer through close contact with infected deer. Extensive research has found no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans. Unknown until the 1960s, CWD was identified as a transmittable neurological disease in the 1970s. So far, CWD has been found in deer herds in several eastern states, but not in Delaware.
     To help ensure that Delaware remains CWD-free, two regulations were passed in 2008. The first regulation bans importing high-risk parts such as the brain, spine and lymph nodes from deer harvested in areas where CWD has been detected. The second regulation requires Delaware residents to notify the Division of Fish and Wildlife if a deer they harvest out of state tests positive for CWD.

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