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DNR Proposes Regulations to Limit the Spread of CWD

CWD Area

Annapolis, Md. (June 1, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has proposed new regulations to prohibit feeding deer in the area of Green Ridge State Forest, where DNR confirmed a positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in February. Regulations are also being proposed to restrict movement of hunter-harvested deer parts from the CWD Management Area.


“Our goal with these regulation proposals is to slow the spread of this disease to other areas in Maryland and nearby states,” said DNR’s Game Program Manager Pete Jayne. “We have focused these restrictions to be effective and enforceable while minimizing impacts to the strong deer hunting traditions found in Western Maryland.” 


A hunter in Allegany County reported taking the infected deer in November 2010 from Green Ridge State Forest. This is the first confirmed case of CWD in the State. Maryland is now one of 21 states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.


The regulation proposals are open for public comment via letter, fax, phone call or online forum.  Citizens may see the proposals and submit their comments by visiting dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/CWD_Forum/index.asp.


Written comments should be sent to Paul A. Peditto, Director, DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service, Tawes State Office Building E-1, Annapolis, MD, 21401. Comments may be faxed to 410-260-8596 or submitted via the online comment process noted above. Citizens may also call 410-260-8540 or toll-free in Maryland at 877-620-8DNR, ext. 8540.  The comment period will end at the close of business (5pm) on June 16.

The proposed regulations are summarized below:

CWD Management Areathat portion of Allegany County noted as Private Land Code 233 in the annual Guide to Hunting and Trapping. This section includes Green Ridge State Forest east of Flintstone and Oldtown. 


Feeding banprohibit the feeding of forest game birds and mammals in the CWD Management Area. The proposal would ban feeding on a year-round basis and includes feed placed for non-hunting purposes. The proposal would ban placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, corn, wheat, other feed, salt or other mineral-based attractants. 

  • Urine and gland-based lures would still be permitted. 
  • Normal agricultural practices and operations would be exempt from this ban, including the planting and harvesting of crops and livestock care. 
  • Forest game birds and mammals are defined as wild turkeys, grouse, deer, bears and squirrels.
  • The normal feeding of song birds would remain legal.


Carcass transport restrictionsthe transportation of certain parts of deer carcasses out of the CWD Management Area is restricted unless the carcass is being transported directly to a deer processor within the county. The following parts of deer may be transported out of the CWD Management Area:

  • Antlers with no meat or soft tissue attached;
  • Finished taxidermy mounts;
  • Hides when clean with no head attached;
  • Boneless meat; and
  • Skull plates cleaned of all meat and brain tissue.


   June 1, 2011

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

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