AR-News: Hunters Not Allowed To Bring Back Game Meat From Canada
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Thu Jun 26 19:38:12 EDT 2003
Hunters not allowed to bring big game meat back from
PORTLAND -- Big game hunters planning trips to Canada
need to check with federal agricultural officials
before paying for plane tickets or guide services to
ensure they can bring game meat back home, the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a
ban on the importation of parts from ruminants because
testing found a single domestic cow tested positive
for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. The ban
applies to deer, elk, bison, caribou, moose, musk ox,
pronghorn, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, which are
all from the ruminant family.
Carnivores such as bear, cougar or wolves are not
included in the importation ban.
BSE is commonly called "mad cow disease." It is a
chronic, degenerative disease that affects the nervous
system of cattle and eventually results in death. BSE
is among a family of diseases called transmissible
spongiform encephalopathies. Other diseases in this
family include chronic wasting disease, which affects
deer and elk, and scrapie in sheep and goats. The
human form of TSE's is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
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