MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters about the state’s rules for importing deer and elk from other states.
The rules are designed to protect Vermont’s deer herd from chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease that affects deer and elk.
The disease is caused by abnormal proteins in the brain. It causes disorientation and other health benefits.
The abnormal proteins can be spread through body fluids of infected deer and elk and they persist in the environment for decades.
In Vermont it is illegal to import deer or elk from states or Canadian provinces that have had cases of chronic wasting disease.
There are exceptions that include meat that is cut up and packaged.
Complete rules can be found on the department’s website.