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Commission proposes regulation amendments for CWD Surveillance Zone

​In a Sept. 15 special called video teleconference meeting, 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.

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