With almost 200 confirmed cases of CWD, West Virginia’s DNR takes steps to combat spread.
West Virginia is doing everything they can to stop the spread of Chronic Waste Disease (CWD) from being passed on to any more deer.
To help combat it they are currently expanding out a ban of feeding or baiting deer with artificial supplements. Berkeley, Grant, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, and Morgan counties are now included effective July 1, 2015.
CWD is an abnormal protein that infects the central nervous system of deer. It slowly spreads throughout their bodies infecting other cells until deer start to act abnormally, lose control of their bodily functions, and loose massive amounts of weight.
There is currently no cure for the 100% lethal and contagious disease.
“As part of our agency’s ongoing management efforts to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a larger portion of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia has been added to the current area where artificial supplemental feeding and baiting of deer is prohibited,” said Robert Fala, Director of West Virginia’s DNR in a press release.
This plan was developed after a recent meeting between fish and game agencies including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio on ways to contain the disease. They hope that by not purposely drawing the deer into close quarters those already infected cannot pass on CWD to healthy deer.
“This information exchange between states is especially important with the current location of known CWD infected deer located in close proximity across the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia,” explained Fala.
So far CWD has been found in 179 deer in Hampshire County and four deer in Hardy County.
Hunters in these areas are reminded they cannot transport deer beyond county lines without first having them fully processed with no bones, spinal column, or heads attached. Hides must be completely cleaned of all meat, as well as skulls intended to be used as mounts.