State working to keep deer disease from reaching Maine

    State officials enacted emergency rules to prevent chronic wasting disease from impact Maine's deer population.

    STATEWIDE (WGME) -- The discovery of disease killing deer in neighboring Quebec has officials doing what they can to keep it out of Maine.

    The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has put emergency rules into place to protect Maine deer as hunting season continues.

    The disease, known as chronic wasting disease, and the emergency rules manes hunters can't bring dead deer, moose and other similar mammals into Maine except from New Hampshire.

    The disease has been found in deer not only in Quebec but around the Vermont border.

    Officials said the disease is fatal, and there is no cure.

    The impact will be felt in butcher shops throughout Maine, but butchers understand.

    "Twelve to fourteen percent of our game comes from New Hampshire," said Bob La Flamme of Gil La Flamme and Sons Custom. "So if that happens, we'll feel it but I get the whole idea of it. So does my crew. If it happens, we'll make adjustments."

    State wildlife officials said if chronic wasting disease does come to Maine, it could seriously impact the deer population.

    If you notice a deer that appears sick or weak, please report it to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in order for the animal can be tested for the disease.

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