In September of 2006, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
announced a new regulation that restricts the importation of meat and parts
of deer, elk, moose and other cervids from AREAS WITHIN those states and
Canadian provinces that have confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease
(CWD). CWD is a naturally occurring disease of the brain and nervous system
of deer, elk and moose.
According to the regulation, a hunter may only bring into Maryland the
following parts of a dead deer, elk, moose or other cervid taken from a CWD
positive area in another state or province:
The restricted deer body parts (brain, spinal column, lymph glands, etc)
contain the highest concentrations of infectious tissues. By restricting the
importation of high-risk tissues from known CWD infected areas, the risk of
CWD being transported into Maryland is reduced.
Click here for the importation regulation that applies to deer, elk, moose and other cervids taken from CWD positive areas or containment zones as identified in the states and Canadian provinces listed. Restrictions on importation only apply to those areas identified in state or province as CWD-Positive. Hunters should visit the appropriate state or provincial website to determine if they will be hunting in a CWD positive area.
Any person who imports or possesses a deer, elk, moose or other cervid
carcass or part of a cervid carcass that was tested for CWD in another state
or province and is notified that the cervid tested positive, must report the
test results to DNR within 24 hours of receiving the notification. The
person must notify DNR by calling 301-842-0332, faxing 301-842-1026 or
Travelers may pass through Maryland with deer, elk, moose or other cervid
carcasses, provided that no parts are disposed of or remain in the state.
While no human has been infected by CWD, hunters and others who handle cervid
carcasses should remain vigilant in their meat-handling techniques.
DNR recommends the following common sense tips for handling any harvested
Additional CWD information is available on The Chronic Wasting Disease
Alliance web site
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401