Department of Fish and Wildlife
Hunters prohibited from bringing carcasses of deer killed in Ohio into Kentucky
will no longer be able to bring the whole carcass of a deer killed in Ohio into
recently confirmed that a deer held in a northeastern Ohio captive hunting
reserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and other
cervids native to North America. Currently, there is no evidence that CWD can
be transmitted to humans.
wasting disease has been previously detected in other neighboring states
including Missouri, Illinois, West Virginia and Virginia. Ohio joins 19 other
states and two Canadian provinces where this disease has been found.
which does not have the disease in its animals, prohibits the importation of
whole carcasses or high-risk cervid parts such as the brain, spinal cord, eyes,
lymphoid tissue from deer or elk killed in CWD–infected states and provinces.
may bring back deboned meat, hindquarters, antlers attached to a clean skull
plate, a clean skull, clean teeth, hides and finished taxidermy products. To help
prevent the entry of CWD into the state, the Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife Resources discourages hunters from bringing back high-risk parts of
deer or elk taken in any state, regardless of CWD status.
proactive steps have been taken by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, the Kentucky Department
of Agriculture and captive cervid owners to prevent the introduction of the
disease into the state.
Fish and Wildlife monitors wild deer and elk herds while the Kentucky
Department of Agriculture monitors the captive herds. Since 2002, Kentucky has
tested more than 23,000 deer and elk for the presence of the disease. All
results have been negative.
enacted to reduce the likelihood of CWD in Kentucky have included a ban on
importation of live cervids from CWD-positive states, mandatory CWD monitoring
of captive herds and prohibiting the importation of high-risk carcass parts
from CWD-positive states into Kentucky.
disease can persist in the environment and may be contracted from contaminated
soil or vegetation or through contact with infected cervid parts. The movement
of live animals, either through the captive deer trade or natural migration, is
one of the greatest risk factors in spreading the disease to new areas.