Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 28° Cloudy
Sports

Travelers restricted on return

Washington sportsmen who venture out-of-state to hunt big game cannot legally return with certain parts of ungulate species taken in states or provinces where chronic wasting disease has been detected.

CWD, a form of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, is a degenerative brain disease that afflicts North American deer, elk and moose. While fatal to the infected animals, wildlife and health authorities have found no indication that CWD can be transmitted to humans.

Washington and Idaho currently are CWD-free states.

However, the disease has been found in free-roaming animals in 13 states or provinces: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming plus Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Hunters who bag an animal in any of those areas may return to Washington only with:

•De-boned meat.

•Hides or capes without heads attached.

•Finished taxidermy.

•Skulls and antlers, antlers attached to the skull plate, or upper canine teeth from which all soft tissue has been removed.

•Samples of tissue reserved for diagnostic or research laboratories.

Most states with CWD in specific locales already prohibit the movement of embargoed animal remains.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.