This is very bad news. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found just 100 miles from Maine, in Quebec. Our Fish and Wildlife Department is taking this very seriously, and working with New Hampshire and Vermont to figure out the best ways to protect our moose and deer.
New Hampshire and Vermont have already taken some steps to reduce the possibility of CWD, but it will probably require legislative action here to give the department the authority they’ll need. For example, they’ll need to prohibit deer feeding anywhere near the Quebec border, so as not to risk CWD spreading quickly to deer gathered in one place to feed.
Because CWD is a bone disease, it’s also possible that DIFW will require hunters near the Quebec border to leave the skull and bones of their moose and deer in the woods.
I hope to have another report for you soon after DIFW decides what it needs to do, and how it will secure authority to do that.
Here is some of the report from Canada.
discovery of a casechronic debilitating disease (CWD) Although the disease has been detected in a farm, the situation requires assessing whether it is found in wildlife and limiting the risk of spread in cervid populations. In order to carry out these operations in an efficient and safe manner, the MFFP is forced to prohibit the hunting and trapping of a restricted portion of the hunting zones 9 West and 10 East, from September 21, 2018 to November 18, 2018 . In addition, in an enhanced surveillance zone, carcasses of animals slaughtered on the hunt will be systematically analyzed.