These organizations have also endorsed the bill, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, National Deer Alliance, Quality Deer Management Association, and Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
Chronic wasting disease is a contagious and deadly neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose.
ODFW and OSP discovered that prohibited parts containing neurological tissue had been brought into OR and had been disposed of in the local area following butchering.
Some parts of the deer also went to a landfill, officials said. ODFW was unable to locate and retrieve these parts, as too much time had passed since their disposal. "The cooperation with the individual who imported the unlawful parts, as well as the close coordination with ODFW, was paramount and really aided us in completing a thorough investigation" said Tim Schwartz, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Lieutenant. It's caused by infectious proteins in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. There is no cure for the disease, and once an animal is infected it will eventually die. The prions that cause CWD can also last a long time in the environment, infecting new animals for decades, which is why OR has had a parts ban in place for 15 years.
The DNR says in a release that it is the eleventh free-ranging deer in MI confirmed to have the disease. The disease has never been detected in a captive or free-ranging deer, elk or moose in Oregon. But as an extra precaution, ODFW is increasing its surveillance this year.
Some deer can be sick for years without showing symptoms.
"Thank you to these hunters for checking their deer, which is required for these areas", Chad Stewart, a DNR deer specialist. ODFW will also take a tooth for aging and hunters should receive a postcard several months later with information about the animal's age. "Hunter assistance is critical in the ongoing fight against the spread of CWD".