Deer hunting in Tennessee? Here's what you have to do before transporting to Kentucky
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has announced new restrictions on Tennessee deer after a disease was detected in some of the state's population.
"You're going to realize something is wrong with this deer. It's not running from you, it's standing right there or walking in circles. Not typical behavior." Said Deer and Elk Program Coordinator Gabe Jenkins.
Hunters are now prohibited from bringing any deer from Tennessee into Kentucky unless the brain and spinal column were removed first because of a preliminary positive detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in 10 white-tailed deer. The disease has yet to be detected in Kentucky.
Wildlife officials say CWD is an infectious neurological disease which causes death. There is no known treatment for the disease. There is no evidence CWD is transmissible to people or livestock. The meat of infected deer is still safe to eat.
The state has placed the restriction because the disease can be spread through interstate movement of infected captive deer. Elk can also contract the disease, and Kentucky wildlife officials have been working to increase the state's elk population.
"[CWD] is a concern. [The elk] population is smaller than our whitetail and it could have a bigger impact if it were to get into a smaller population." Said Jenkins.
Six of Kentucky seven border states have reported cases of CWD. You can contact the state to have your deer tested toll-free at 800-858-1549 or locally at 502-564-3400