RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting citizens that a white-tailed deer in Maryland has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). As a result, North Carolina taxidermists can no longer accept full heads for mounts from Maryland and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.
In addition, anyone bringing a deer from Maryland, or the other states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations.
States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, Virginia, North Dakota, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Michigan and, now, Maryland. It has also been detected in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission tested about 1,400 free-ranging white-tailed deer for CWD in 2009, and no CWD was found.
For more information on Chronic Wasting Disease, including safety tips, visit www.cwd-info.org. For more information on the CWD case in Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website.
Taxidermists should call 1-800-662-7137 to report receipt of a full head from Maryland.