ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Natural resources officials say the first case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a Maryland white-tailed deer.

The Department of Natural Resources received confirmation of the disease on Thursday. A hunter in Allegany County reported taking the deer in November in Green Ridge State Forest.

Twenty other states and Canadian provinces have chronic wasting disease documented in deer, elk or moose.

Officials say the disease does not present a risk to people, pets or domestic livestock. However, hunters are reminded never consume the meat of sick animals.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Kill them all, what good do they do except kill us with lyme disease & run out in front of cars at night.

  2. Ronald G Miner Jr says:

    Let those of us who hunt know when there is a test to confirm this disease in the field…Otherwise your advise is meaningless.

  3. jphillips says:

    Sooner or later the proliferation of these animals is going to become a very serious problem to the environment. Their destruction of habitate, incubation of desease and dangers to traffic are increasing. For now hunting is the only means we have to bring their numbers down. We should get on it and make money at it befor they infect domestic animals and/or cause more loss of habitate. Which will cost money.

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