Pa. Game Commission expands ban on high-risk deer, elk parts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Hunters who shoot a deer or elk in five states bordering Pennsylvania may no longer bring home certain parts that have a high risk for transmitting chronic wasting disease.

New rules ban hunters from importing high-risk parts from all of Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia, the state Game Commission announced Monday.

The ban previously applied only to parts of those states where chronic wasting disease had been found.

The updated order brings to 17 the total number of states from which high risk parts cannot be imported. The ban also affects hunters who shoot deer, elk, moose and other cervids in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Hunters are allowed to import meat as long as the backbone is not present. Hides, capes and skull plates with attached antlers are permitted if no visible brain, spinal cord tissue is present.

Finished taxidermy mounts are allowed.

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