MONTPELIER, Vt. — Canadian officials confirmed on September 14 the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a captive red deer herd in Quebec province. With the infected deer housed within 100 miles of the Vermont border, wildlife officials expressed concern for its proximity to the state and are carefully monitoring the potential for movement of deer across the border.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department issued a reminder to hunters traveling outside Vermont to hunt–and now particularly to Quebec–that the regulation restricting the importation of deer and elk carcasses, which is designed to protect Vermont’s wild deer from chronic wasting disease, remains in effect and will be fully enforced.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal disease of the brain and nervous system in deer and elk. Abnormal prion proteins produce lesions in the brain that cause disorientation and emaciation in conjunction with other abnormal behaviors. For the latest information on CWD, check these websites: www.vtfishandwildlife.com and www.cwd-info.org.