CWD regulations in Georgia

Due to the regular amending of regulations in Georgia, it is recommended that before hunting you check these CWD regulations, as well as those of any other states or provinces in which you will be hunting or traveling through while transporting cervid carcasses. The contact information for Georgia can be seen below:

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Testing Laboratories in Georgia

The University of Georgia- Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
College of Veterinary Medicine Athens, GA 30602
706-542-5568
www.vet.uga.edu/erc/diagnostic/html/athens.html

UAGA College of Veterinary Medicine
Southeastern Coop. Wildlife Disease Study Athens, GA 30602
706-542-1741 or 706-542-5565

Locations Where CWD Was Found

CWD Has not yet been detected in this state, if you find this information to be inaccurate, please contact us

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Category Archives: Georgia

SCWDS Briefs

The latest issue of the SCWDS BRIEFS Newsletter is now available online.
Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
Volume 34 April 2018

CWD information begins on page 2

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Present in Georgia

Prohibiting chronic wasting disease from entering Georgia is an ongoing effort. Anyone interested in wildlife – hunters, wildlife watchers and processors, among others – are encouraged to help keep Georgia’s quality deer herd CWD-free.

CWD, a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose, belongs to a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, the same group of diseases affecting some domestic animals, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “mad cow disease.”

Hunters can help reduce the risk of spreading CWD into Georgia by understanding current regulations that prohibit the importation of live cervids and restrict the importation of certain cervid carcass parts from known CWD-infected states.

“The potential introduction of CWD poses a serious threat to Georgia’s economically and culturally valuable white-tailed deer resource,” explains John W. Bowers, assistant chief of Game Management for the Wildlife Resources Division. “We encourage hunters to be knowledgeable of and to abide by current importation regulations and restrictions.”

According to current hunting regulations, importation of any live cervid is prohibited. In addition, importation of any whole cervid carcass or carcass parts from any state with a documented CWD case is prohibited with the following exceptions: boned-out meat, commercially processed meat, meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, clean skull plates with antlers attached, clean antlers, finished taxidermy heads or clean upper canines (buglers, whistlers, ivories).

This fatal disease attacks the nervous system of cervids and to date has been detected in 18 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, including Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Virginia, Missouri and North Dakota discovered their first cases of CWD earlier this year.

Infected animals develop a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain, which results in extreme weight loss, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and eventually, death. Though scientific investigations are ongoing, current research suggests that the agent responsible for the disease may be spread both directly (animal to animal contact) and indirectly (soil or other surface to animal).

Currently, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk for humans.

Other Georgians can help by reporting any known illegal importation of deer species or carcasses to the department at 1-800-241-4113.

Residents also should avoid feeding deer as this unnaturally concentrates animals and increases the likelihood of disease and parasite transmission.

Since 1998, the division has been testing suspect and hunter-harvested deer for evidence of CWD. To date, more than 5,500 deer have been tested with no confirmed positives. The states nearest to Georgia with a confirmed case of CWD are Illinois, West Virginia and Virginia.

For more information about CWD in Georgia or for general information regarding deer hunting in Georgia, visit the division’s Web site at www.gohuntgeorgia.com and search under “Hunting” and “Game Management.” For more information about CWD in general, visit the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance’s Web site at www.cwd-info.org.

Any hunter who observes or harvests a deer in Georgia that exhibits CWD symptoms should immediately call a local Wildlife Resources Division office or call 1-800-241-4113

Import Regulations Designed to Help Keep Georgia CWD-free

Prohibiting chronic wasting disease from entering Georgia is a continuous effort. This fatal disease attacks the nervous system of cervids (e.g. deer, elk and moose) and to date has been detected in 15 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. With big game hunting seasons underway across much of the nation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division advises resident hunters planning out-of-state hunting trips to become familiar with Georgia’s current regulations regarding cervid importation.

“The potential introduction of CWD poses a serious threat to Georgia’s economically and culturally valuable white-tailed deer resource,” explains the division’s Assistant Chief of Game Management John Bowers. “We encourage hunters to be knowledgeable of current regulations restricting importation of certain cervid carcass parts harvested from known CWD-infected states and prohibiting the importation of live cervids.”

CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. Infected animals develop a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain, which results in extreme weight loss, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and eventually, death. CWD belongs to a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) – the same group of diseases affecting some domestic animals, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease.” Currently, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk for humans.

Though scientific investigations are ongoing, current research suggests that the agent responsible for the disease may be spread both directly (animal to animal contact) and indirectly (soil or other surface to animal).

Because the movement of live animals is evidenced as one of the greatest risk factors associated with the spread of CWD into new areas, resident hunters traveling abroad should note the following:

  • Importation of any live cervid is prohibited.

  • Importation of any whole cervid carcass or carcass parts from any state with a documented CWD case is prohibited except: boned-out meat; commercially processed meat; meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; clean skull plates with antlers attached; clean antlers; finished taxidermy heads; and clean upper canines (buglers, whistlers, ivories)

The 15 states and two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected include the most recently affected state of Michigan and also Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Since 1998, the division has been testing suspect and hunter-harvested deer for evidence of CWD. To date, more than 3,000 deer have been tested with no confirmed positives. The states nearest to Georgia with a confirmed case of CWD are Illinois and West Virginia. Georgia hunters play an important role in the collective effort to minimize the introduction of CWD into Georgia’s high-quality deer herd. Hunters are encouraged to protect wildlife resources by reporting the illegal importation of any cervid species.

For more information, look to the division’s Web site at www.gohuntgeorgia.com; select “Hunting,” “Game Management” and “Chronic Wasting Disease.” The site offers helpful information for sportsmen and women, meat processors and taxidermists alike.

Any hunter who observes or harvests a deer in Georgia that exhibits CWD symptoms should immediately call the local regional WRD office, local conservation ranger or contact the TIP hotline at (800) 241-4113.

For more information about CWD in Georgia and abroad, or for general information regarding deer hunting in Georgia, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com or call (770) 918-6416

Import Regulations Designed to Help Keep Georgia CWD-Free

Prohibiting chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering Georgia is a continuous effort. This fatal disease attacks the nervous system of cervids (e.g. deer, elk and moose) and to date has been detected in 14 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. With big game hunting seasons underway across much of the nation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) advises resident hunters planning out-of-state hunting trips to become familiar with Georgia’s current regulations regarding cervid importation.

“The potential introduction of CWD poses a serious threat to Georgia’s valuable white-tailed deer resource,” explains assistant chief of Game Management John Bowers. “We encourage hunters to be knowledgeable of current regulations prohibiting the importation of live cervids and restricting importation of certain cervid carcass parts harvested from known CWD-infected states.”

CWD is a highly contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. Infected animals develop a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain, which results in extreme weight loss, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and eventually, death. CWD belongs to a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) – the same group of diseases affecting some domestic animals, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease.” Currently, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk for humans.

Though scientific investigations are ongoing, current research suggests that the agent responsible for the disease may be spread both directly (animal to animal contact) and indirectly (soil or other surface to animal).

Because the movement of live animals is evidenced as one of the greatest risk factors associated with the spread of CWD into new areas, resident hunters traveling abroad should note the following:

  • Importation of any live cervid is prohibited.

  • Importation of any whole cervid carcass or carcass parts from any state with a documented CWD case is prohibited except: boned-out meat; commercially processed meat; meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; clean skull plates with antlers attached; clean antlers; finished taxidermy heads; and clean upper canines (buglers, whistlers, ivories)

The 14 states and two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected are Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Since 1998, WRD has been testing suspect and hunter-harvested deer for evidence of CWD. To date, more than 3,000 deer have been tested with no confirmed positives. The nearest state to Georgia with a confirmed case of CWD is West Virginia. Georgia hunters should be aware of the important role they play in the collective effort to help minimize the potential introduction of CWD into Georgia’s high-quality deer herd. Please help protect your state and resource by reporting the illegal importation of any deer species.

WRD has a new brochure on CWD that offers helpful information for sportsmen and women, meat processors and taxidermists and can be downloaded from the WRD website, www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

Any hunter who observes or harvests a deer in state that exhibits CWD symptoms should immediately call the local regional WRD office, local conservation ranger or contact Hunter Services at (770) 761-3045.

For more information about CWD in Georgia and abroad, or for general information regarding deer hunting in Georgia, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com or call (770) 918-6416.

Georgia Tests Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

Hunters and landowners in several states realize that the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is all too real. Twelve states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin in the east, and two Canadian provinces have detected CWD (a fatal neurological disease) in captive and wild cervids (deer and elk). While no evidence currently exists to indicate that CWD has infected Georgia’s quality deer herd, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) initiated a proactive five-year survey during the 2002-2003 deer hunting season in an ongoing effort to monitor the white-tailed deer herd for CWD.

“Even though WRD does not expect to find animals testing positive for CWD, Georgians will benefit from knowing that our deer are being monitored,” says WRD Chief of Game Management Todd Holbrook. “If CWD is detected during the course of the five-year survey, Georgia will benefit by immediately implementing a disease control program.”

CWD is caused by a misshaped protein, called a prion. Prions change healthy proteins into abnormal proteins, additionally affecting other healthy proteins. Infected deer become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, lose control of bodily functions and die. It is believed that the disease may be spread through animal-to-animal contact, either through saliva, mucus or contact with feces from an infected animal. CWD has a long incubation period – perhaps exceeding five years – making the greatest risk of introduction through the movement of infected live animals. Georgia has been proactive in taking steps to keep CWD and other diseases out of the state, including passing regulations that makes the importation of deer illegal and by maintaining the current prohibition on baiting of deer for hunting. Baiting and feeding can facilitate the spread of CWD and other diseases by unnaturally concentrating sick deer with healthy deer.

During the first year of the study, sampling sites included Dawson, Harris, Macon, Marion, Oconee and Toombs Counties. These sites were selected based on the knowledge that farmed, exotic deer may have been purchased and imported into these counties (prior to the ban on importation). Importation and release of native white-tailed deer continues to remain illegal. Collections came from potentially exposed hunter-harvested whitetail deer. A total of 336 samples were collected and tested under the testing program and all results indicate non-detection of CWD. Over 100 deer, from outside the targeted counties were tested under standard health monitoring and results were non-detect for CWD.

Georgia citizens and others can help proactively protect our quality deer herd against CWD and other diseases by reporting the illegal importation of deer or elk and illegal baiting by calling (800) 241-4113. In addition, hunters are encouraged to avoid practices that result in high concentrations of deer over small areas including supplemental feeding of deer and lack of adequate doe harvest. These practices increase disease risk by unnaturally concentrating sick deer with healthy deer.

For more information on CWD and the five-year study, visit the WRD website at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or call (770) 761-3044.

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