Pennsylvania Game News - August 2018 - 42

OUT-OF-STATE DEER HARVESTS
CAN'T BE BROUGHT BACK TO PA
Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere
in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia
no longer may bring them home without first
removing the carcass parts with the highest risk
of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD).
As part of the fight to slow the spread of
CWD in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania
Game Commission updated rules prohibiting
the importation of high-risk deer parts into
Pennsylvania.
While the order has always prohibited whole
deer from being brought into Pennsylvania
from most U.S. states and Canadian provinces
where CWD exists, it previously permitted deer
harvested in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West
Virginia to be brought in, so long as the deer
weren't reported to have been harvested in any
county where CWD has been detected.
The updated order gives Pennsylvania's
free-ranging deer better protection, said Game
Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.
"The previous rules didn't provide assurance
that deer harvested in CWD-positive counties
within New York, Ohio, Maryland or West
Virginia weren't making their way into the
Commonwealth," Burhans said. "While the
order prohibited the high-risk parts of those
deer from being imported into Pennsylvania,
enforcement was difficult for many reasons.
"As we've seen in Pennsylvania, just because
CWD appears confined to a specific area,
doesn't mean it won't turn up somewhere
completely new, miles away," Burhans said.
"Tightening up this order puts teeth in the Game
Commission's ability to enforce it, allowing us
to better protect our deer and elk from CWD."
Now that the updated order has taken
effect, there are a total of 24 states and two
Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid
parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania.
The parts ban affects hunters who harvest
deer, elk, moose, mule deer and other cervids
in: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas,
Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico,
New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,
South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West
Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well
as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and
Saskatchewan.
More information on CWD, high-risk parts
and this ban can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.
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Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and
Somerset counties. DMA 3 now totals
more than 916 square miles and includes
parts of Armstrong, Cambria and Clarion
counties, as well as parts of Clearfield,
Indiana and Jefferson counties.
The most up-to-date maps and turnby-turn descriptions of Pennsylvania's
DMAs always can be found online at
www.pgc.pa.gov.
With the expansions of DMAs 2 and 3,
and the creation earlier this year of DMA
4, which was established after CWD
was detected at a captive deer farm in
Lancaster County, more than 5,895 square
miles within Pennsylvania lie within
DMAs, in which special rules apply to
hunters and residents.
It's unlawful to feed deer within
DMAs. Hunters are prohibited from
transporting high-risk parts (generally
the head and backbone) from deer they
harvest within a DMA to points outside
a DMA. And the use or field possession
of urine-based deer attractants also is
prohibited within DMAs.
The 78 CWD-positive deer detected in
2017 were part of a sampling effort that
included testing 7,910 free-ranging deer
and 128 elk for CWD. More than half of
these deer - 4,753 - were associated with
DMAs 2 and 3. CWD sampling increased
in 2017, compared to the 5,707 deer and
110 elk collected in 2016 and tested.
This largely is due to the Game
Commission providing free CWD testing
for deer that hunters harvest within
DMAs.
More than 1,533 deer harvested by
hunters within DMAs were tested, at no
cost to the hunter, after hunters deposited
the heads from their deer in collection
boxes set up in public areas.
Since 2002, the Game Commission has
tested over 69,000 deer for CWD.


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