Action: It is illegal to import deer or elk carcasses or body parts into Washington if the animals were harvested in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska or Saskatchewan (Canada) except for: meat that has been de-boned in the state or province where it was harvested; skulls, antlers and teeth from which all soft tissue has been removed; hides or capes without heads attached, and finished taxidermy mounts.

Effective Date: Sept. 1, 2004 until further notice

Species affected: Deer and elk (all species)

Location: Deer or elk harvested in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska or Saskatchewan (Canada).

Reason for action: Recent scientific studies confirm that the infectious agents that cause chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk can transfer from decomposing carcasses into the environment, where they can then infect healthy animals. As a precaution to avoid introducing CWD into Washington, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently voted to ban the importation of whole deer or elk carcasses or bone-in body parts from states and provinces where CWD has been found in wild deer or elk populations.

Other information: As noted above, it is allowable to retain or import meat that has been de-boned in the state or province where it was harvested; skulls, antlers and teeth from which all soft tissue has been removed; hides or capes without heads attached, and finished taxidermy mounts.

Information contact: WDFW Wildlife Program, (360) 902-2515 or Jerry Nelson, (360) 902-2519.