LWFC Approves DE to Include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in Cervid Carcass Import Ban

Release Date: 10/04/2018

LWFC Approves DE to Include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in Cervid Carcass Import Ban

Oct. 4, 2018 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a declaration of emergency that includes Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes in the state’s cervid carcass importation ban during its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Thursday (Oct. 4).
 
The measure, which goes into effect immediately, is designed to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) from spreading into Louisiana.
 
The regulation now reads in part: No person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana, including Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes, except: for meat that is cut and wrapped; meat that has been boned out; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
 
CWD has not been detected in Louisiana, however, the disease was discovered in the Mississippi county of Issaquena on Jan. 25 earlier this year. The buck that tested positive for CWD was discovered only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River near East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes hence the need for the additional ban.
 
CWD has been discovered in 25 states including Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.
 
CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, which is 100 percent fatal and affects members of the family Cervidae, which includes white-tailed deer. The disease is caused by misfolded proteins called prions. These prions can be shed in saliva, urine, feces and decomposing carcasses. Infectious material can contaminate soil, becoming available for uptake by plants, increasing transmission to additional individuals when plants are consumed.
 
LDWF continues cooperative discussions with other state and federal agencies, including Mississippi, in the fight against CWD and to prevent it from entering the state.
 
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD for more information on CWD.
 

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