LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife announced new hunting restrictions on Saturday in an attempt to stop the spread of contagious deer and moose disease.
Effectively immediately hunters are forbidden from moving deer from Tennessee to Kentucky unless the brain and spine have been removed first.
According to a press release from the department, the new rules are part of an attempt to stop the spread of chronic effervescent disease (CWD). Reported, the disease has been detected in 10 white deer in Tennessee.
Fish and wildlife observers report that chronic wasted disease is a fatal infectious neurological disease that affects wild deer, elk and other members of the deer family. There is no known treatment or vaccine against the disease, found in more than two dozen states and three Canadian provinces.
Deer parts permitted under this new restriction include quarters or other meat parts without any part of the spine or head restraint, boned meat, fields, fields connected to a clean skull, clean skull, clean teeth, hides and finished taxidermies.
There is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans or cattle.