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California Sets Up CWD Checkpoint

From California Department of Fish and Game

-- The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) inspected 117 vehicles at a checkpoint Oct. 20 and 21 to help prevent transport of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The checkpoint was conducted at the California Department of Food and Agriculture Yermo Border Protection Station located near Barstow on Interstate 15.

Game wardens issued a total of 12 citations. All of the violations included importation of illegal deer or elk parts that could contain CWD. Violations included bringing in sport harvested elk and deer heads, portions of the spinal column and brain and in some cases the entire field dressed carcass.

DFG game wardens inspected deer and elk meat or parts that could contain CWD. DFG has been educating California hunters about CWD for the past five years. States with CWD have advised out-of-state hunters to adhere to home state regulations to help prevent importation of the disease.

Wardens inspected 61 deer, six elk, one moose, and other fish and wildlife. The compliance rate for inspected carcasses was 75 percent indicating that the message to protect California deer and elk from CWD has reached out-of-state hunters. The compliance rate for all hunters entering the inspection station was approximately 94 percent.

CWD is not present in California, but transporting a deer spinal column or brain from a state where the disease exists could introduce it. 

CWD has been found in 15 states and two Canadian provinces. It is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer and elk, but has not been found in humans. Hunters are prohibited from bringing any portion of elk or deer into California that could contain CWD, as outlined in the state's hunting and sport fishing regulations, available at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

For more information about CWD, visit www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/cwd.

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