Restrictions in place for out of state deer hunting after contagious disease detected

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Restrictions are now in place for moving deer and deer parts into the state after a contagious neurological disease affecting deer was found in several surrounding states. 

According to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, while no deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease have been found in Massachusetts there have been cases detected in some neighboring states. 

Police said it is illegal to import deer parts from states or provinces where the disease has been detected. Additionally, no live deer of any species, can be brought into the state for any reason. 

Among the areas where CWD has been detected are Ohio, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

The disease, which is fatal to cervids including deer, elk, and moose, attacks the brain of the infected animal. CWD causes infected animals to act abnormal, become emaciated, and eventually die.

CWD can be spread through urine, feces, salvia, etc. and may be present for months before showing any symptoms.  

If you see a deer or moose in Massachusetts you think is showing signs of CWD or any other disease you should call Mass Wildlife at 508-389-6300.

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