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A fatal deer disease is getting closer to Maine. Here’s what hunters need to know.

For more than 20 years, deer biologists across the Northeast have kept a wary eye to the west as chronic wasting disease was found in deer in several states. Late this summer, the disease was found in a single deer at a Quebec deer farm just north of Montreal, again raising the threat that the disease might show up here in Maine for the first time.

“Prior to the detection in Quebec, we’ve been more focused on monitoring [the situation] here in Maine and making sure we would find it if it did crop up here in Maine,” said Nathan Bieber, the deer biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “But now that it’s popped up in Quebec we’re more concerned with response rather than just monitoring.”

To read the rest of “A fatal deer disease is getting closer to Maine. Here’s what hunters need to know.,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer John Holyoke, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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