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North Dakota big game hunting rules aim to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota officials are reminding big game hunters to follow carcass transportation requirements to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The State Game and Fish Department said Monday that hunters in western Grant County's 3F2 deer unit can't move a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of a vehicle.

A severed head can be transported outside if it's taken to a pre-approved location. A hunter may leave a head in the field if the hunter can give its exact location if needed.

Two deer killed in the area during the 2013 hunting season tested positive for CWD in January.

CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Game and Fish has been monitoring for it since 2002.

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