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LDWF implements deer carcass importation ban in effort to keep wasting disease out of state

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LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

 Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries Officials said Chronic Wasting Disease of deer has been found in 24 states, most recently in Arkansas and Texas.

That's why they're spreading the word about a new importation ban aimed at protecting Louisiana from the disease.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal disease of the central nervous system.So far it's not in Louisiana which, along with 38 other states, now have carcass importation bans on certain parts of the animals.

Louisiana hunters love their deer hunting. But in order to keep Chronic Wasting Disease out of the state there's a new regulation dealing with bringing deer carcasses from out of state. 

"They will only be able to bring certain parts back into Louisiana after hunting out of state. And those parts include deboned meat, meat that's packaged, meat with bones as long, as it's the quarters that does not contain the head nor backbone. The head or the backbone are the two parts that can't come in," said Jonathan Bordelon, deer program manager for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.

Bordelon said that if infected carcasses were brought in and improperly disposed of, it could bring the disease to the state. 

"What makes the disease different from any other wildlife disease is its ability to persist in the environment in the absence of a host," Bordelon said. "So, someone can come in with an animal that's been exposed to the disease and take the parts from those animals and dispose of them in the environment.  Then the environment can become a source of infection for new or naive animals that haven't been exposed to the disease."

Chronic Wasting Disease can be transmitted from animal to animal or through ingestion of contaminated water or soil. The ban applies to carcasses of all deer and members of the deer family. 

Officials said more than 8,000 animals have been tested in Louisiana since 2002, so they're confident the disease is not here. But the public is asked to contact Wildlife and Fisheries if they see an animal that seems to have neurological symptoms, such as a drooping head, walking in a circle or no fear of people, so it can be tested/

For more on Chronic Wasting Disease and the regulations click here.

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