Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (October 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that if they harvest a deer in Virginia, they must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations if they want to bring it home.
Since a deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Virginia last year, hunters must take care not to spread CWD to North Carolina.
Only the following deer, elk, or moose carcass parts harvested in states or provinces with CWD are allowed into North Carolina:
- Meat that is cut and wrapped
- Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
- Meat that has been boned out
- Caped hides
- Cleaned skull plates
- Cleaned teeth
- Finished taxidermy products
States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Virginia. 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 as a representative statewide sampling in North Carolina for CWD in 2009, and no CWD was found.
For more information on Chronic Wasting Disease, including safety tips visit www.cwd-info.org.