CWD regulations in Ohio

Due to the regular amending of regulations in Ohio, 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 Ohio can be seen below:

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Testing Laboratories in Ohio

Ohio Department of Agriculture - Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
8995 East Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399
614-728-6220
http://www.ohioagriculture.gov/pubs/divs/anim/curr/index.asp

Locations Where CWD Was Found

CWD was detected in a captive facility.  CWD has not yet been detected in the wild populations.

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  • Effective August 1st, 2018
      • if you hunt outside Ohio, you must bone out the meat before returning to the state with an elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, or moose. Only the following parts may be brought into Ohio:
        • Meat with no part of the
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  • REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 12, 2018) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) confirmed a positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a captive deer. The state is taking quarantine action to control the further spread of the disease and there is no evidence that CWD

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  • Active steps taken to control further spread; no evidence the disease affects humans

    REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in a

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  • CWD not found for 12th consecutive year

    COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that testing of Ohio's deer herd found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is a degenerative brain disease that

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  • CWD testing performed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

    For the ninth straight year, testing of Ohio's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. According to the Ohio Department

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  • CWD testing performed by Ohio Department of Agriculture

    COLUMBUS, OH - For the eighth straight year, testing of Ohio's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.

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    OH – Effective August 1, 2018 New Deer Restrictions

    Effective August 1st, 2018

      •  if you hunt outside Ohio, you must bone out the meat before returning to the state with an elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, or moose. Only the following parts may be brought into Ohio:
        • Meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
        • Meat that is boned out, securely and completely wrapped either commercially or privately;
        • Cleaned hides with no heads attached;
        • Skull plates that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;
        • Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;
        • Cleaned upper canine teeth;
        • Hides and capes without any part of the head or lymph nodes attached; or
        • Finished taxidermy mounts.
      • Moving to a complete ban simplifies import rules for hunters traveling out of state and reduces the risk of introducing CWD into Ohio.

    Rules Governing Interstate Transport of High-risk Cervid Carcass Parts

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    Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) Changes

          In 2015, the ODNR Division of Wildlife declared a 10-township area in Holmes (all or portions of Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck, Mechanic, and Richland townships) and Wayne (Franklin and Clinton townships) counties a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA.) The area was formally declared DSA 2015-01 and was to exist for a minimum of three years. Effective July 31, 2018, that designation and all rules associated with it have expired. CWD was not detected in any of the approximately 2,000 wild deer tested that were harvested in the area over a 4-year period.

     

          In response to a captive cervid facility testing positive for CWD in January 2018 in eastern Holmes County, a new DSA 2018-01 has been established. All rules associated with DSA 2018-01 are effective beginning August 1st, 2018. These rules include the following:

     

        • Requires hunters to bring deer carcasses harvested within the DSA 2018-01 boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons;
        • Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables, or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;
        • Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables, or other feed within the DSA boundaries; and
        • Prohibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA 2018-01 boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass restrictions.

    Disease Surveillance Area 2018

      •  Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.
      • Hunters harvesting deer during Ohio’s gun seasons (7-day traditional, 2-day bonus, and 4-day muzzleloader) within the DSA are required to deliver their deer to a carcass inspection station. Hunters are NOT required to present their deer for testing during the 2-day youth gun season. Two locations have been designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the deer-gun seasons and the deer muzzleloader season. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
        • Sugar Creek Village Hall (Tuscarawas County), 410 South Broadway Street, Sugar Creek, OH 44681
        • Walnut Creek Township Garage (Holmes County), 2490 Township Road 414, Dundee, OH 44624
      • Hunters will be asked to provide their 18-digit confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed. Tissue samples will be taken and tested for CWD. Samples can be taken from either just the head or complete carcass. Hunters that harvest a deer and wish to have it mounted must still bring their deer to an inspection station. Samples will not be taken at the time, but staff will collect additional information, so samples can be collected later.
      • Although CWD has not been detected in the wild deer herd, hunters who plan to hunt in DSA 2018-01 are encouraged to consider having their deer processed commercially to ensure high-risk carcass parts are disposed of properly. Hunters who plan to process their deer are strongly encouraged to double-bag all high-risk carcass parts and set them with household trash for pickup. There is no strong evidence that CWD affects humans; however, hunters can take some common-sense precautions, such as not harvesting deer that appear sick or otherwise abnormal and wearing rubber gloves while field dressing and processing deer.

    White-tailed Deer Harvested in Ohio

      • Irresponsible dumping of carcasses can spread disease. Hunters who process their white-tailed deer at home should properly dispose of the hide, brain and spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, bones, and head by double-bagging these parts and set them with the trash for disposal at a municipal landfill. It is unlikely that hunters would increase CWD transmission by field dressing and leaving the entrails and internal organs in the field.
      • Anyone who sees deer that appear to be sick or are displaying abnormal behavior should immediately report the occurrence to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The person reporting the animal should describe the location of the animal, its symptoms, and behavior. Hunters should not kill or handle a deer that they believe is sick.

    See full details here:http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/diseases-in-wildlife

    Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed in Ohio Captive Deer

    REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 12, 2018) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) confirmed a positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a captive deer. The state is taking quarantine action to control the further spread of the disease and there is no evidence that CWD has affected the wild deer population in the state.

    The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Guernsey County and tested as part of Ohio’s CWD monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer operations. The animal was transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County just days before it was harvested. Both the hunting preserve and the breeding farm are under quarantine and are subject to intensive monitoring and sampling protocols. The quarantine will remain enforced until the state is satisfied that disease transference can no longer occur between captive operations.

    “While the confirmed case is unfortunate, this proves the necessity of testing and monitoring the health of captive deer populations in Ohio in order to monitor the health of the animals and to manage exposure to diseases,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “ODA will work with our state partners and continue to take whatever steps necessary in order to manage CWD and prevent exposure to Ohio’s wild deer population.”

    ODA regulates Ohio’s captive white-tailed deer facilities and monitors the health of animals through regular testing of deer at both farms and hunting preserves. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife conducts regular surveillance throughout Ohio to monitor the health of the state’s wild deer population. Acting in an abundance of caution, increased surveillance of wild deer will occur around the quarantined facilities associated with the recent CWD positive test. Again, no CWD has ever been confirmed in Ohio’s wild deer population.

    CWD is deadly in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though no human disease has been associated with CWD, the CDC recommends, as a precaution, that people or other animals do not eat any part of an animal diagnosed with or showing signs of CWD. It is transmitted by direct animal-to-animal contact through saliva, feces and urine. Signs of the disease include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling and trembling. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal in deer and there is no known treatment or vaccine.

     

     

    First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed in Ohio on Private Preserve

    Active steps taken to control further spread; no evidence the disease affects humans

    REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. The state continues to take quarantine action to control the further spread of the disease. There is no evidence that CWD has affected the wild deer population in the state.

    The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Millersburg and tested as part of Ohio’s CWD monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer operations. The preserve had been under quarantine since April 24, 2014, and was subject to intensive monitoring and sampling protocols because of a known connection to a captive deer operation in Pennsylvania that tested positive for CWD earlier this year. The quarantine will remain enforced until the state is satisfied that disease transference can no longer occur.

    “Ohio’s captive white-tail deer licensing program was enacted two years ago for the purpose of continuously monitoring the heath of the captive deer populations in the state to manage the spread of and exposure to diseases such as CWD. We have worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to identify and trace back positive cases,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “We will continue to take aggressive steps to ensure that CWD does not pose a threat to the state’s wild deer population.”

    The state has quarantined 43 captive deer operations in Ohio since April 15, 2014, for receiving approximately 125 deer from operations in Pennsylvania that later tested positive for CWD. Twenty-two of those quarantines were lifted after negative CWD test results were confirmed in 53 of the suspect animals from Pennsylvania. ODA will continue to enforce quarantine restrictions on 21 operations, including five hunting preserves, until the department is satisfied that the threat of disease transference has passed.

    The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization. Though no human disease has been associated with CWD, the CDC recommends, as a precaution, that people or other animals do not eat any part of an animal diagnosed with or showing signs of CWD.

    “We have no reason to believe that there has been transference to the state’s wild deer population,” said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “With hunting season in progress, there are no CWD concerns that should prevent anyone from enjoying wild deer hunting in Ohio or from consuming meat from healthy animals.”

    The ODNR Division of Wildlife is recommending that hunters continue to take standard precautions such as shooting only animals that appear healthy, wearing rubber gloves when field-dressing their deer and washing thoroughly when finished. If hunters should observe a deer that appears unhealthy, they are encouraged to contact their local wildlife office or officer.

    Since 2002, the state has conducted surveillance throughout Ohio for the disease. State and federal officials will continue this regular sampling and testing throughout the hunting season to continue to monitor the health of the state’s wild deer population. Tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads were collected from September 2013 through March 2014 and were tested for CWD. An additional 88 hunter-harvested mature white-tailed deer and nine deer displaying symptoms consistent with CWD were tested as well and were all negative.

    In response to this positive finding, the ODNR Division of Wildlife will increase sampling efforts in the wild deer population within six miles of the hunting preserve from which the CWD-positive deer came as well as near the other captive operations that are under quarantine. Those samples will include high-risk animals such as those killed on roads or exhibiting neurological symptoms as well as hunter-harvested deer in the area.

    CWD, first discovered in captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967, attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. It is transmitted by direct animal-to-animal contact through saliva, feces and urine. Signs of the disease include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling and depression. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal in deer, and there is no known treatment or vaccine.

    Chronic Wasting Disease Not Found in Ohio Deer

    CWD not found for 12th consecutive year

    COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that testing of Ohio’s deer herd found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.

    State and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads from September 2013 through March 2014. An additional 88 hunter-harvested mature bucks and nine deer displaying symptoms consistent with CWD were tested as well. According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, all samples were negative for CWD for the 12th consecutive year. Since CWD was first discovered in the late 1960s in the western United States, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.

    Since 2002, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with the ODA Division of Animal Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has conducted surveillance throughout the state for CWD. While CWD has never been found in Ohio’s deer herd, it had been diagnosed in wild and captive deer, moose or elk elsewhere in the United States and Canada.

    The ODNR Division of Wildlife continues to carefully monitor the health of Ohio’s wild deer herd throughout the year. Visit ohioagriculture.gov or wildohio.gov for the latest information on CWD or the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at cwd-info.org. All CWD testing is performed at the ODA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

    Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in Ohio Deer

    CWD testing performed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

    For the ninth straight year, testing of Ohio’s deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 588 samples last year from hunter-harvested deer from 44 counties, primarily during the deer-gun season that ran November 29 – December 5. All CWD testing is performed at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). Additional CWD samples are being taken from road-killed deer, but those test results are not yet available. Sampling continues through April. In addition to CWD, all 588 samples of the hunter-harvested deer samples were also tested for bovine tuberculosis. Results found no evidence of this disease in Ohio deer. Since 2002, the Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with ODA’s Division of Animal Industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has been conducting surveillance throughout the state for CWD and bovine tuberculosis. While CWD has never been found in Ohio’s deer herd, it had been diagnosed in wild and captive deer, moose or elk in 16 other states and two Canadian provinces. Since CWD was discovered in the western United States in the late 1960s, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans. The Division of Wildlife continues to carefully monitor the health of Ohio’s wild deer herd throughout the year. For the latest information on CWD, visit wildohio.com or the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at cwd-info.org . To view individual test results, visit the ODA’s Web site.

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