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DEC Revising Regulations For Chronic Wasting Disease

Albany, NY (WIBX) – The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is revising its regulations, following the confirmation of Chronic Wasting Disease in Maryland last year.

CWD is a contagious neurological disease effecting deer, moose and elk. It causes a degeneration of the brain, resulting in abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death.

The new regulations prohibit hunters who kill deer in Maryland from bringing certain parts of the animal to New York, including the brain, intestinal tract and spleen.

The DEC is also reminding hunters not to eat meat from any animal acting abnormal and to always use precautions when butchering animals, including the use of rubber or latex gloves.

Chronic Wasting Disease was first confirmed in New York in 2005, but no additional cases have been found in the state since then.

For more information regarding CWD, visit www.cwd-info.org.

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