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DNR To Open Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Station In Allegany County

Annapolis, Md. (October 14, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that it will establish a Surveillance Station in Allegany County where hunters may bring their white-tailed deer to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). To date, there has been one confirmed case of CWD in Maryland, found in a deer from eastern Allegany County in 2010. While current research continues to confirm that CWD is not a direct threat to humans, its long term impact on deer populations remains unclear.

“Once again, we are asking hunters to cooperate so we can collect samples from 400 deer from Allegany and western Washington counties,” said George Timko, DNR’s Assistant Deer Project Leader. “The testing is voluntary, free and takes only minutes to do.”

Hunters who harvest a deer anywhere within Allegany County or in Washington County west of Clear Spring during the early muzzleloader season (October 20 – 22) are encouraged to participate in the sampling effort.

The CWD Surveillance Station will be located off of exit 64 along Interstate 68 at the Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters. Trained DNR staff will be present at the CWD Surveillance Station from October 20 - 22 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Participating hunters will be able to keep their deer.

Additional information on Chronic Wasting Disease can be found at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/deer/disease/cwdinformation.asp.


   October 14, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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