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Voluntary deer and elk check stations planned for Harlan, Bell counties in November

​As part of its ongoing commitment to monitor Kentucky's wild deer and elk herds for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to operate voluntary check stations in two southeastern Kentucky counties on three weekends this November.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and other cervids. It has not been detected in Kentucky, but has been found in six of the seven bordering states.

Hunters who harvest a deer or elk in Harlan and Bell counties​ can bring either the entire carcass (intact or field-dressed) or just the head of the animal to one of three voluntary check stations on Nov. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27.

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