ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — It appears that North Carolina has so far kept at bay a disease that kills white-tailed deer.
The Citizen-Times in Asheville reported Friday that state officials found no evidence of the disease in more than 3,000 white-tailed deer that were killed during the 2018-19 hunting season.
Earlier this year, the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission approved a ban on imports of whole deer carcasses to prevent the spread of the disease.
Chronic wasting disease is always fatal. It’s a neurological disease that affects deer and similar animals such elk and moose.
Twenty six states and three Canadian provinces have documented chronic wasting disease. Two states that border North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, have had confirmed cases.