CWD reaches beyond U.S. borders and, for first time, into Quebec

Hunters bringing deer into Vermont from Quebec must now process them according to Vermont’s regulation designed to reduce the chances of bringing the disease into the state. (Photo by John Hall/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Canadian officials confirmed on Sept. 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, Vermont Fish & Wildlife said in a news release Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The 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.

Hunters are also reminded that it is illegal to use deer urine lures in Vermont. Urine lures were banned because of the potential for CWD prion proteins to be introduced to the environment through the bodily fluids of CWD-positive ungulates and then persist in the environment for extended periods of time.

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