Vermont bans urine-based deer lures to stem disease spread

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 3, 2015 at 7:10 a.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has voted to ban the possession and use by hunters of natural lures based on deer urine or other fluids.

If the proposal receives final approval, the ban would begin next year. Synthetic lures will still be allowed.

The action comes as the board is hoping to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease from reaching the state.

The disease is currently found in 23 states and two Canadian provinces. It kills all infected individuals, and infection levels can approach 50 percent in adult bucks.

Chronic wasting disease can be spread through deer urine, feces and saliva. Deer may not show symptoms for several years after being infected.

The infectious agent can be deposited in soil and remain an infection threat for decades.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast