New emergency regulations are taking effect to help protect New York State's deer population.
The State Department of Agriculture and markets, along with the Department of Environmental Conservation, announced plans Thursday to prohibit the importing of deer that could be susceptible to Chronic Wasting Disease.
"These emergency measures will help mitigate the risk of CWD taking a firm hold here in New York State," said State Acting Agriculture Commissioner James B. Bays in a statement to CNYcentral.
CWD is a fatal disease that destroys the brain tissue of infected animals. The disease agents are shed through the saliva, feces and urine of infected animals, and exposed soil cannot be deconatminated.
A public hearing on these emergency provisions is scheduled for December.