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TWRA makes hunter regulatory changes after chronic wasting disease confirmation



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Since 2002 the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has tested the state for Chronic Wasting Disease. Colorado is back in the 60s, eventually moving through 24 other states and three Canadian provinces. Just this month, Tennessee became the 26th state.

"A couple of weeks ago we learned that we had some suspected positive deer from Fayette and Hardman counties," said TWRA CWD coordinator Chuck Yoest.

"The TWRA confirmed 10 of the total, with three more deer potentiated."

"Eventually, you can see the signs of Chronic Wasting Disease."

But those deer often carry the disease for years with no signs, allowing them to infect other deer in the meantime. The TWRA, Department of Agriculture and USDA were preparing for this and now have a new plan in place.

"There are now carcass export restrictions for those counties that are very similar to the

carcass importation restrictions

" That's when they bring deer and elk into other states, "said Yoest.

With late hunting season starting back up January 7-31

,

"During the weekends, hunters are required to bring … their deer they harvest to a physical

check station

where our staff wants to get samples from those, "said Yoest.

CWD has no known health risk to humans, but the CDC recommends not consuming meat from infected animals. The TWRA say people can continue hunting in the

Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone

but just make sure they're getting their harvested tested. The TWRA has a full list of their new regulations for hunters

here

.


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