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Monday, October 17 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Wildlife. Don’t bring that in here! Can interstate collaboration reduce the risk of CWD introduction?

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AUTHORS: Maria B. Palamar, Wildlife Veterinarian, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Merril Cook, Wildlife Health Biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

ABSTRACT: As Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to claim new U.S. states every year, state agencies nationwide must craft and enforce regulations that will minimize the risk of disease introduction. Tight regulations have been implemented in many states to prohibit the importation of high risk cervid parts, and both out-of-state hunters and taxidermists have been identified as high risk points of entry. Importation regulations are usually posted in the state’s “Hunter Regulation Digest” or on agencies’ websites. Most agencies fail to provide out-of-state hunters with their home state regulations. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission conducted a nationwide survey to learn how state agencies regulate, report and communicate with non-resident hunters, and the movement of cervid carcasses, as a part of a study that also addresses taxidermists. In 2015, we surveyed 77 state agency employees about their state’s regulations regarding cervid carcass importation and exportation, record keeping and information dissemination. Overall, 51 (66%) participants from 41 states responded. Thirty-six indicated they had carcass importation regulations and 6 had carcass exportation regulations. Most states did not require hunters to report the importation of cervid carcasses, and only 6 respondents indicated their state provided out-of-state hunters with the importation regulation from their home state. Our survey results highlight the importance of nationwide guidelines on out-of-state harvest reporting, record keeping and information dissemination. We are exploring interstate data sharing opportunities that may reduce the risk of disease introduction to the state, modeled on CWD but that could be applied to other emerging wildlife diseases.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Riverview B

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