AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine wild deer herds show no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease. In a cooperative venture, animal health officials from the Maine Department of Agriculture, and biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, sampled 831 brain tissues from deer harvested through out Maine during the 2002 hunting season.

The tissue samples were sent to a federal laboratory in Ames, Iowa where they were tested for the disease. Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal brain wasting disease in deer that has been found in deer herds in several western states.

“Testing results indicate there is no evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease here in Maine; this is a good day for Maine,” announced Commissioner Roland D. Martin.

The Departments have been working together to develop a Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program for both captive and wild deer herds.

“We have been testing deer from our captive herds for more than two years. The wildlife testing began in 2002. Similar test results released last week in Vermont and New Hampshire showed no signs of CWD,” said Commissioner Robert Spear.