Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife warn of deer disease

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - It is almost deer season and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife wants hunters to be safe this year.


Sister station WKYT reports Chronic Wasting Disease is infecting deer in several surrounding states.

It is in six of the seven bordering states, with Indiana being the exception.

Gabe Jenkins says educating hunters is the first line of defense in keeping the disease out of Kentucky.

"They are the boots on the ground. They are the ones enacting what we are recommending. The main forms of disease introduction could be carcass importation, so if you are a hunter and like to go to another state that there is chronic wasting disease, make sure that you leave those harvested animals there," said Jenkins.

It is still okay to hunt, but you should get the animal tested by a local agency.

It is important that you do not take back any part of the nervous system.