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Proper Carcass Disposal & Cervid Importation to Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Proper disposal of deer and elk carcasses is important. While CWD has not been detected in Oklahoma’s wild cervids, it has been documented in animals in bordering states. This always-fatal disease could have negative impacts on the state’s cervid populations. The Wildlife Department wants all hunters to practice proper carcass disposal to help minimize the potential spread of CWD. Check out this guide for proper and improper examples of carcass disposal in this guide, and do your part to help prevent the spread of CWD.

Update: A new rule is in effect statewide for the fall of 2020 regarding importation of cervid carcasses and carcass parts. The restriction states that no one shall import, transport, or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass from outside Oklahoma’s boundaries, except for: antlers, or antlers attached to clean skull plate, or cleaned skulls (all tissue removed); animal quarters containing no spinal material, or meat with all parts of the spinal column removed; cleaned teeth; finished taxidermy products; hides or tanned products.

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