Disease spread prompts deer transport restrictions
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have placed restrictions on the disposal and transport of deer carcasses in two more counties in response to a disease.
The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release the restrictions start July 1 in Berkeley and Mineral counties. The restrictions already are in Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan counties.
The restrictions are designed to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease, which is concentrated in brains and spinal cords of infected deer. There are exceptions, including finished taxidermy mounts and meat that has been boned out.
The statement says the disease was found in two road-kill deer in Berkeley County and one sick deer in Mineral County.
The disease has been detected in nearly 350 deer since 2005, nearly all of them in Hampshire County.