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Whitetail deer showing signs of chronic wasting disease. Photo: <a href="">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Whitetail deer showing signs of chronic wasting disease. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CC some rights reserved

New York bans import of deer parts from Pennsylvania

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State officials in New York have issued a new emergency rule banning the importation of deer and elk parts from the state of Pennsylvania. The move comes after an illness known as chronic wasting disease was identified at a deer farm in that state earlier this month.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Chronic wasting disease is a contagious neurological ailment that’s somewhat similar to mad cow disease. It has spread rapidly among elk and deer populations across the US, causing what scientists describe as a spongy deformation of the brain. Despite one brief outbreak in New York, biologists here have managed to keep the ailment from spreading among whitetail deer.

According to the DEC, Pennsylvania officials confirmed that they had found an infected animal at a deer farm in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

This action is necessary to protect New York's population of deer and moose.
Because biologists aren't sure how chronic wasting disease spreads, they've banned the importation of many parts of deer taken in that state — from brains to eyes to lymph nodes.

That means hunters who travel to Pennsylvania can bring butchered meat home only if it's cleaned before transport.

In a statement, DEC commissioner Joe Martens called the action “necessary to protect New York's population of deer and moose."

Chronic wasting disease was first identified in New York in 2005 but there have not been new cases here for seven years

According to the DEC, biologists in New York have changed their surveillance methods for monitoring deer and will concentrate on collecting tissues from taxidermists and deer processors.


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