- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermonters who hunt out of state are being reminded of the rules governing the importation of game from states where chronic wasting disease is present.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease of the brain and nervous system of deer and elk.

The disease causes disorientation, emaciation and abnormal behavior.

It is illegal to import or possess in Vermont deer or elk, or parts of deer or elk, from states and Canadian provinces that have had chronic wasting disease, or from captive hunt or farm facilities.

There are a number of exceptions that include meat that is cut up and packaged.

A list of the affected states and provinces and the full list of exceptions can be found on the department’s website.

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