GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) – The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries teamed up with different agencies near the Virginia-North Carolina State Line to educate people and stop them from bringing deer carcasses across state lines.
A checkpoint was set up Saturday on Route 21 for officers to teach travelers about chronic wasting disease, which is affecting deer populations across the country, Sgt. Adam Keene said.
CWD is a fatal neurological disease that can spread easily in deer populations, according to the DGIF.
To prevent the disease from spreading the department has restricted hunters from transporting whole deer carcasses and certain carcass parts from deer killed from other states. The restrictions went into effect in August.
Saturday’s checkpoint was meant to educate travelers about these new restrictions. No wildlife violations were recorded.
More information about CWD and hunting regulations can be found here.