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Tests of NY deer herd find none have chronic wasting disease, hunters should follow rules


ALBANY, New York — New York environmental regulators say testing of more than 2,500 deer found that none are infected with chronic wasting disease.

The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose and is in the family of "Mad Cow" disease.

It has been found in 22 other states.

Whole deer carcasses from states where the disease is found are not permitted in New York because the protein that causes the infection is concentrated in the brain and spinal cord.

Hunters are encouraged to protect the deer herd by following New York's hunting rules.

Deboning meat will remove the highly infectious parts. Deer urine can also contain the protein and can bind to the soil.

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