NEW YORK STATE -- The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking hunters to take precaution to keep Chronic Wasting Disease out of New York State.
According to DEC officials, Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is a contagious and deadly disease. It attacks the brain and nervous system in animals such as elk, deer, moose, and other members of the deer family.
DEC officials said hunters can be the most effective tool to stop the spread by keeping CWD infected material out of New York.
If you hunt outside of New York State, the DEC is asking that you follow these preventative measures:
•Know the CWD status of the state or province you plan to hunt in since it can change at any time.
•If caught in possession of an illegal carcass with the prohibited parts in New York, the carcass will be confiscated and destroyed.
•Know if the state or province you hunt in requires CWD samples to be submitted after harvest and before you return home.
•Plan accordingly for how to handle an animal if your hunt is successful.
•Locate meat processors in the state or province where you are hunting ahead of time so you can get your carcass processed quickly and legally before returning to New York.
•If you decide to process your own animals, de-boning or quartering deer, elk or moose is easy if you plan ahead and have proper equipment.
•If you intend to have a trophy mounted, you will need to know how to prepare the hide, cape and antlers to eliminate potentially infectious CWD material.
•Proper handling of wild meat and the trophy will eliminate all the prohibited parts required by New York’s CWD regulation.