Rhode Island Disease of Deer Archive -  Rhode Island

White-tail deer have tested positive for COVID. Here's what that means for RI hunters November 15, 2021 Rhode Island, MSN

...  based on the recent report, Dylan Ferreira, chief wildlife biologist for Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management, recommends hunters wear a mask when field-dressing a deer...

First RI Mammal Case Of EEE Found In North Kingstown Deer August 29, 2020 Rhode Island, YAHOO!

... A deer found disoriented and walking in circles in North Kingstown last week tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis after being euthanized...

Coventry Deer Tests Positive For EEE September 10, 2019 Rhode Island, Patch

... A deer in Coventry has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis ...

RI hunting preserves could spread disease and environmental destruction June 7, 2019 Rhode Island, The Providence Journal

...  House bill, H5849, would allow hunting preserves of 500 acres or larger to import non-native elk, deer, or other animals into Rhode Island for hunting purposes ... the importation of deer and elk could introduce chronic wasting disease, a disease that has not yet been found in Rhode Island deer populations...

Dem Offers Lecture on Chronic Wasting Disease April 11, 2019 Rhode Island Government

... Last year, DEM banned the use or possession of deer scents/lures that contain cervid (including deer, moose, elk) urine or any bodily material while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife. This new regulation is an extra precautionary step to further minimize the potential for CWD to be introduced into Rhode Island..,

New England BHA Opposes Legislation Allowing Big Game Hunting in Rhode Island Shooting Preserves March 20, 2019 Rhode Island, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

... In addition to contradicting generations worth of fair chase ethics, the importation of cervid species like elk and deer would increase the likelihood that chronic wasting disease (CWD) will be introduced into Rhode Island's native deer herd... H5849 ...

Rhode Island BHA Opposes Canned Hunts, CWD Threat  February 25, 2019 Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

... As recently as last summer, we’ve seen egregious attempts to exploit a legal flaw in Rhode Island to push for the development of the state’s first high fence captive big game hunting facility. This proposal threatens our fair chase hunting traditions and could facilitate the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease ...

DEM reminds hunters to take precautions to keep deer herds free of chronic wasting disease October 2, 2018 Rhode Island, DEM News 

... The disease has not been found in any New England state.  A progressive neurological disease that is always fatal to cervids, CWD is readily spread from cervid to cervid and through contact with animal saliva, feces, urine, and carcass parts. There is no cure or vaccine for CWD..,

DEM Reminds Deer Hunters To Take Precautions To Keep Rhode Island Deer Herds Free Of Chronic Wasting Disease

Department of Environmental Management News Release

Using DEM's new system, hunters can now report their deer harvest online

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking hunters to take special precautions when hunting deer, elk, and moose (cervids) to keep Rhode Island deer herds free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CWD has been found in wild deer and elk in 23 states including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast. The disease has not been found in any New England state.