To protect the state's white-tailed deer resource, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources continues to maintain a regulation restricting the importation of certain carcass parts from deer and elk harvested in states with diagnosed cases of chronic wasting disease.

This measure was taken so resident hunters who travel to other states to hunt will not bring potentially diseased carcass parts to South Carolina. The regulation will not keep hunters from importing harvested game since most game taken outside of South Carolina is processed in the state where it was harvested.

Chronic wasting disease is one in the family of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and is similar to mad cow disease. The disease attacks the central nervous system of the deer or elk . It is infectious, communicable and always fatal to deer and elk.

States where CWD has been diagnosed include Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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