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Deer Hunting and Deer Diseases

The health of New York’s deer herd depends on all of us. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal disease that spreads from deer to deer by direct contact with saliva, urine, feces or carcasses of infected deer. It can persist in the environment for many years before infecting healthy deer. DEC will collect tissue samples from hunter-killed deer during 2012-13 to continue our CWD surveillance. While no additional cases of CWD have been identified since 2005, our surveillance goal is to assess areas or activities where CWD is most likely to be found.

In 2011, DEC identified Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Rockland County killing approximately 120 deer. EHD is a virus spread by biting midges that is quickly fatal to deer that have no immunity. It is not possible to prevent EHD. However, DEC will continue to investigate unusual deer mortalities to determine the exact cause of death and record the number of animals involved.

How can you help? If you see a deer that is acting abnormally (circling, easily approached, drooling, disoriented), or if you see multiple dead deer with no obvious cause of death, please report those findings to the nearest DEC Regional Wildlife Office.

Please remember to never eat the meat from deer that appear sick or act abnormally.


Attention Hunters Who Plan To Hunt Outside of New York

Hunters bringing trophies or carcasses of deer, elk, or moose from outside of New York must know NYS chronic wasting disease (CWD) regulations. Current regulations affect importation of cervid (deer, elk, moose) carcasses, and carcass parts from most states and some Canadian provinces and territories. Importation of carcass and carcass parts ARE ALLOWED from the following states and provinces:

United States: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont

Canada: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec.

For areas NOT listed above, cervid material may be imported and possessed provided that it does not contain: the brain, eyes, backbone, tonsils, intestinal tract, spleen, or lymph nodes, of wild, captive, or captive-bred cervids. This is because the disease agent is concentrated in these body parts. However, the hide and cape, antlers, cleaned skull-cap with antlers attached; finished taxidermy mounts; tanned hides; and the upper canine teeth are permitted.

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Any person who imports or possesses a carcass or part of an animal that was tested for CWD in another state and is notified that such animal has tested positive for CWD must report such test results to the DEC within 24 hours of receiving such notification.


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