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Letter: State must remain vigilant to manage disease in deer

State must remain vigilant to manage disease in deer

It’s great to read that chronic wasting disease was once again not detected in any New York deer (“Deer harvests holding strong,” May 17 News). This shows the importance of having a ban on the importation of deer carcasses. An easy way that CWD can unintentionally spread is the uncontrolled movement of carcasses across state lines. In New York, officials believe the disease came from a taxidermist.

The state should continue to test free-ranging deer for CWD and not rest on its laurels. While undue media attention is focused on deer farms, free-ranging animals have spread CWD across the country from Wyoming to Texas to West Virginia. Being vigilant with free-ranging deer, especially now that CWD is in Pennsylvania, is important to managing the disease.

Charly Seale

Council Member

American Cervid Alliance