Wildlife officials warn hunters that they might import CWD-infected deer from other states during the hunting season.
As Canadian and Midwest deer grow larger than their southern cousins, Alabama hunters are drawn towards these potentially CWD contaminated areas. Fortunately, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Alabama has some strict regulations designed to protect the white-tailed deer population from a chronic wasting disease outbreak.
This infection is not just highly contagious but also deadly. Worse, it is widely spread across the United States as it kills thousands of specimens every year. Although no human case has ever been reported, public health experts don’t want to take any risks.
A man from Jackson County has been charged earlier this months after he tried to import a deer carcass harvested in the state of Illinois. By doing this, he violated the CWD carcass law in Alabama.
According to Chris Champion, Alabama Wildlife Senior Conservation Officer, “the caller, who knew about the CWD ban, stated they were behind a truck traveling south with Alabama plates that was loaded with hunting gear and a recently harvested buck.”
The possibly infected deer was sent to a lab for chronic wasting disease testing. This disease affects the deer’s nervous system. Also, biologists concluded that whenever it was introduced into an environment, the authorities weren’t able to eradicate it.
That is why ADCNR officials are doing their best to make sure the CWD won’t be accidentally introduced in Alabama as well. CWD causes weight loss, pneumonia, and listlessness in infected deer.
Also, this infection is transmitted by saliva, as infected deer salivate heavily. The highest concentration can be found in the areas of the Rocky Mountain, West Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Alberta, Canada.
The full CWD map of the contaminated areas can be found on the ADCNR website. As this disease is widely spread across the country, the state banned the import of any deer from another state. The only way to slow the disease from spreading further is to kill the infected deer.
According to the ADCNR officials, hunters must debone the carcass, remove, and throw the brain and spinal tissue in the skull, hides, and raw capes first. Also, there are many other things the hunters must do in order to sanitize the carcass correctly. For additional information, they should contact the agency.
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