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Chronic Wasting Disease Causes DEC To Tighten Deer Regulations

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Albany, NY (WIBX) - New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is issuing emergency regulations after discovering Chronic Wasting Disease in a Pennsylvania deer.

Officials with the agency say the neurological disease was reported October 11th, at a deer farm in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

When a deer, elk or moose contracts CWD, it attacks the brain, causing emaciation, odd behavior, and eventually death.

To fight the spread of CWD, new DEC revisions will keep hunters from bringing certain deer parts into New York, including the brain, intestines and spinal cord.

Hunters should also take any unused parts to the landfill, and to take proper precautions when butchering animals, including using rubber or latex gloves. Unused parts should also not be dumped, but taken to a landfill.

For more information regarding Chronic Wasting Disease, click here.

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