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Virginia Hunters Needed for Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance November 17, 2011

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... The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) would like to ask for hunters continued support in its surveillance and management of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Chronic wasting disease was detected in Virginia for the first time in a deer killed November 2009 in Frederick County less than one mile from the West Virginia state line. A second CWD-positive deer was also harvested in 2010 approximately 1.5 miles from the first. In addition to the two positive cases thus far diagnosed in Virginia, the continued existence of the disease nearby in Hampshire and Hardy Counties, West Virginia, remains a concern.
     Similar to last year, the entire CWD Containment Area is a mandatory sampling area for any deer killed on November 19, November 26, and December 3, 2011. Any deer, or at least the head and neck of any deer, killed in the Containment Area on these three days must be brought to a designated sampling station (listed below). The CWD Containment Area has the same boundaries as the last year - west of I-81 in Frederick County and the City of Winchester, and west of I-81 and north of Rt. 675 in Shenandoah County....



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