ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York agricultural and environmental officials have enacted emergency regulations to prohibit the importation of deer species susceptible to chronic wasting disease.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that causes deer to become emaciated, behave abnormally and eventually die.
The emergency state regulations ban imports of specific species between Nov. 16 and Aug. 1, 2018. These species include Rocky Mountain elk, red deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer, white-tailed deer, sika deer, and moose.
Acting State Agriculture Commissioner James Bays says the emergency measure will help reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease spreading in New York.
State officials say there are 433 facilities in New York that hold captive deer and that 25 of them imported deer susceptible to the disease in recent years.