Check Points Set to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from Entering California

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Check Points Set to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from Entering CaliforniaDepartment of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens will check hunters entering San Bernardino County to prevent the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This checkpoint, which will be held at an agricultural inspection station, is a continuation of DFG’s extensive educational outreach program and will be conducted Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. They are a part of an enhanced educational effort to supplement information provided in the hunting regulation pamphlet and the California Hunting Digest.

Checkpoints are an educational and enforcement tool to protect California deer and elk herds from CWD. Hunters play a key role in keeping CWD out of California. Wardens enforce all Fish and Game laws at checkpoints.

CWD has been found in 15 states and two Canadian provinces. It is a fatal neurological disease of deer and elk. It has not been found in humans.

Hunters are prohibited from bringing any portion of elk or deer into California that could contain CWD as outlined in the regulations. Wardens have authority to inspect harvested game and can conduct vehicle stops once vehicles enter California.

More information on CWD is available on the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/cwd.