News from the DNR Office of Communications

Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Station To Open In Allegany County

Annapolis, Md. (October 14, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that it will establish a Surveillance Station in Allegany County where hunters may bring their white-tailed deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). To date, the disease has not been detected in Maryland deer but has been found nearby in West Virginia and, more recently, Virginia. Current research continues to confirm that CWD is not a direct threat to humans but its long term impact on deer populations remains unclear.

“We are asking hunters to cooperate so we can collect samples from 400 deer within the surveillance area this year,” said George Timko, DNR’s Assistant Deer Project Leader. “The testing is voluntary, free and takes only minutes to do.”

The new CWD Surveillance Station will be located off of exit 64 along Interstate 68 at the Green Ridge State Forest maintenance shop. Trained DNR staff will be present at the CWD Surveillance Station on the dates and times posted below. Participating hunters will be able to keep their deer, but sampling will make the deer unsuitable for taxidermy.

Over 6,700 deer have been tested for the disease statewide since 2002. This year, CWD surveillance will be focused on Allegany and Washington counties. This change will allow the Department to concentrate sampling efforts near where CWD has been found in West Virginia and Virginia. Statewide surveillance for the disease will continue for any sick deer that are reported to the Department.

Hunters who harvest a deer within Allegany County or Washington County west of Clear Spring during the early muzzleloader season (October 21 – 23) or on peak days of the two week firearm season (November 27 – 29, December 4, December 10 – 11) are encouraged to participate in the sampling effort.

CWD Station Location:

Exit 64 of Interstate 68 at Green Ridge State Forest headquarters.

Sampling Dates and Hours of Operation:

  • October 21 - 23 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • November 27 – 29 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • December 4 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • December 10 - 11 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Additional information regarding Chronic Wasting Disease can be found on the DNR Website at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/deer/disease/cwdinformation.asp.


   October 14, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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