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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2021) - In a special called video teleconference meeting on Sept. 15, members of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended changes to four administrative regulations correlated to the recent activation of Kentucky's Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an incurable brain disease that affects deer, elk, moose and caribou. It has not been detected in Kentucky. However, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on Sept. 8 activated its response plan following confirmation of CWD in a wild white-tailed deer in northwestern Tennessee, less than 8 miles from the Kentucky border.
In a unanimous vote, Commission members recommended incorporating into KAR 301 2:172, 2:015, 2:075 and 2:095 several changes that mirror emergency actions authorized Sept. 13 by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm in support of the response plan.
The Commission recommended the following changes at its special called meeting:
Amend 301 KAR 2:172 – Deer Hunting Seasons, Zones and Requirements
Amend 301 KAR 2:015 – Feeding of Wildlife
Amend 301 KAR 2:075 – Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit
Amend 301 KAR 2:095 – Importation of cervid carcasses and parts.
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission is comprised of volunteers who serve four-year terms. The Commission recommends hunting, fishing and boating regulations on behalf of the sportspersons of the Commonwealth. State legislators must approve all recommendations before they become law.
A video replay of the Sept. 15 meeting is available on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's YouTube channel at youtube.com/FishandWildlifeKY.
For the latest information, please visit the department's CWD webpage (fw.ky.gov/cwd) and follow its social media channels.
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