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Out-of-state hunters reminded of deer, elk import rules

The Washington County Sheriff's office is sending another team to assist in the search for missing hunter, Thomas Messick of Troy. The Washington County Sheriff's office is sending another team to assist in the search for missing hunter, Thomas Messick of Troy. | Photo: Washington Co. Sheriff's office/ Facebook.

September 30, 2017 04:21 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is reminding hunters who travel out of state to hunt deer and elk that Vermont has a regulation aimed at protecting the state's deer herd from a fatal disease.
    
It's illegal to import or possess deer or elk from states and Canadian provinces that have had chronic wasting disease with some exceptions.
    
The disease affects the brain and nervous system in deer and elk. Officials say there's a potential for prion proteins to be introduced to the environment through the bodily fluids of infected deer and elk.
    
Some of the exceptions are boneless meat; and meat that is cut up, packaged and labeled with hunting license information and not mixed with other deer or elk during processing.

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