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Oregon man cited for importing CWD-infected deer carcass


Montana Mule Deer
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Last week, an Oregon man’s venison was confiscated by officials because it came from the first mule deer to test positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Montana. The man’s relative, a Montana hunter, had legally shot the mule deer and given the Oregon man the carcass.

“We don’t have CWD, but it’s a very close call,” Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy told the Mail Tribune.

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ODFW officials were contacted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks once MFWP confirmed that the mule deer did, in fact, have CWD. As goHUNT previously reported, Montana has been carefully monitoring CWD and testing mule deer during this season; two samples from two separate mule deer recently came back suspect for the fatal disease.

ODFW seized packaged meat and uncovered most of the butchered deer after the man dumped them in the Madras, Oregon area. Other parts were discovered “buried in a landfill and don’t run the risk of getting into contact with wild deer here,” according to the Mail Tribune. State law prohibits importing cervid parts from a known CWD state. The Oregon man, who remains unidentified, was cited for importing the CWD-infected parts into the state, despite his cooperation with investigators.  


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Nathan K. - posted 10 months ago on 11-24-2017 08:11:49 pm
Northern CA

Adam H. --CWD is pretty much impossible to get rid of. Freezing it doesn't do anything and the infected parts are typically the brain and spine so those are the pieces that need to be disposed of properly. The guy probably got cited because he brought the carcass into the state and then dumped it in the woods. It makes bringing deer home from out of state hunts a pain but the alternative could be much worse.

victor q. - posted 10 months ago on 11-22-2017 07:18:50 pm
escondido, california

what are signs; we as hunters can look for in deer that it might be infected with CWD. OR is getting the harvest meat tested our only way of knowing its infected?

Adam H. - posted 10 months ago on 11-22-2017 05:52:36 pm

How could meat from a butchered deer, in someone's freezer, possibly effect living deer? On top of that, citing the man?