For Immediate Release
Megan Kirchgessner, Wildlife Veterinarian, 804-367-8944
NOTE: This news release was distributed on 9/28/2012. The information below may no longer be the most up-to-date information available, or may pertain solely to events that occurred in the past. Please contact the person listed as the contact person for this release for the most current information.
Hunters: Check the Regulations Before Taking Your Deer Carcass Out of Virginia
RICHMOND, VA - Since Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a progressive neurological disease of deer, has been detected from four deer harvested in Frederick County, Virginia, deer hunters must follow carcass importation regulations in other states when they transport a deer carcass out of Virginia (see the following website: http://www.cwd-info.org/).
Hunters anywhere in Virginia transporting a deer carcass into an adjoining state must meet the following restrictions:
• Kentucky - Hunters anywhere in Virginia must bone-out or quarter their deer carcass so the brain and spinal cord are removed.
• Maryland - Will accept whole deer carcasses from Virginia except those originating from Virginia's CWD Containment Area.
• North Carolina - Hunters anywhere in Virginia must bone-out or quarter their deer carcass so the brain and spinal cord are removed.
• Pennsylvania - Will accept whole deer carcasses from Virginia except those originating from Virginia's CWD Containment Area.
• Tennessee - Whole deer carcasses are allowed except those originating from anywhere in Frederick County and Shenandoah County, where carcasses must be boned-out or quartered so the brain and spinal cord is removed.
• West Virginia - Will accept whole deer carcasses from Virginia except those originating from Virginia's CWD Containment Area.
For Virginia deer hunters hunting in neighboring states where CWD has been detected, whole deer carcasses from select counties are prohibited from entering Virginia. These counties include Hampshire, Hardy, and Morgan in West Virginia, and Allegany in Maryland. For more information regarding other carcass-restriction zones in the rest of the country and deer parts allowed to be brought into Virginia from these zones, please visit www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/.
VDGIF is continuing several management strategies in the northern Shenandoah Valley (Frederick County and the City of Winchester west of I-81 and the portion of Shenandoah County west of I-81 and north of Route 675) in response to the detection of CWD. These strategies include the following:
All deer killed by hunters within the CWD Containment Area on November 17 and 24 and December 1, 2012, must be brought to a designated sampling station for CWD testing. CWD sampling stations include Cather's Market, Crossroads Grocery, Gore Grocery, Shawnee Springs Market, and T&R Processing in Frederick County and Larkin's Store and Graden's Supermarket in Shenandoah County. Hunters can still check their deer via telephone or internet but must bring the deer to a designated CWD sampling station on the dates above.
Special hunting season regulations will continue to apply on private lands in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties and the City of Winchester, including: daily bag limit of two deer per day, full season and either-sex early and late muzzleloading seasons on private lands in Shenandoah County, and Earn-A-Buck. No changes have been made for public lands in any of these counties. Additionally, feeding of deer is prohibited year-round in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties, and the City of Winchester, and rehabilitation is prohibited for any deer that originates from within the CWD Containment Area.
To assist with Containment Area (CA) surveillance, VDGIF is strongly encouraging hunters who are successful in the CA on days other than mandatory sampling days to volunteer the head and neck from their deer by bringing it to a self-service refrigerated drop station, located in the following places:
• Frederick-Winchester Conservation Club, 527 Siler Road, Winchester (north of Gainesboro)
• Walker's Cash Store, 3321 Back Road, Woodstock (intersection with St. Luke Road)
• North Mountain Fire and Rescue, 186 Rosenberger Lane, Winchester (off Rt. 600, behind Tom's Market)
• Rock-Enon Boy Scout Camp, 292 Rock Enon Springs Road, Gore, Va. 22637
(The refrigerator is on the porch at Garrabrandt Lodge – 1st building on right)
CWD has been detected in 21 states and two Canadian provinces. The disease is a slow, progressive neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in deer, elk, and moose in North America. The disease ultimately results in death of the animal. Symptoms exhibited by CWD-infected deer include staggering, abnormal posture, lowered head, drooling, confusion, and marked weight loss. There is no evidence that CWD can be naturally transmitted to humans, livestock, or pets. Anyone who sees a sick deer that displays any of the signs described above should contact the nearest VDGIF office immediately with accurate location information. Please do not attempt to disturb or kill the deer before contacting the VDGIF. More information on CWD can be found on the VDGIF website at www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/.