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Chronic Wasting Disease Impacts Pennsylvanians Who Hunt Out of State

Pennsylvanian hunters who are heading out of state to hunt this season can do their part to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Many Pennsylvanian hunters will soon be heading out of state to hunt and can do their part to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Hunters are reminded that Pennsylvania prohibits the importing of specific carcass parts from members of the deer family—mule deer, elk and moose—from 21 states and two Canadian provinces.

The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose in: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland (only from CWD Management Area), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York (only from Madison and Oneida counties), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area), West Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area, which includes parts of three counties), Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The parts that must be left behind include the head (brain, tonsils, eyes and lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.

Pennsylvania hunters harvesting deer, elk or moose in these areas, whether taken from the wild or a high-fence operation, need to comply with the rules aimed at slowing the spread of CWD.

“This is the first time that we’ve entered the fall hunting seasons knowing that we have chronic wasting disease inside Pennsylvania,” said Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. “But that doesn’t mean we’ve given up the fight to slow the disease’s spread or make its impacts on our deer herd as minimal as possible.

For more information, visit PGC.State.PA.US.

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