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Unlawful Importation of Prohibited Cervid Parts Reminder of Concerns About Chronic Wasting Disease
Sergeant John Katzenstein
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

Lieutenant Randy Scorby
OSP East Region Headquarters
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 523-5848 ext. 4070

Three Astoria men stopped last Thursday by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers west of The Dalles led to all three being cited to face criminal charges for Unlawful Importation of Prohibited Cervid Parts. The men were found to be in possession of three bull elk from New Mexico, which is a state that has had documented cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
On October 21, 2010, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Trooper Joel McNerney, and Patrol Troopers Brent Ochesky and Gavin McIlvenna, stopped a 2006 Ford pickup towing a trailer westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 76. Subsequent investigation determined they were in possession of the heads of three bull elk and part of a spine which were seized by the troopers and will be destroyed.
The following three men were issued criminal citations for Unlawful Importation of Prohibited Cervid Parts, a Class A misdemeanor:
  • (Driver) WILLIAM LEE HUNSINGER, age 65, from Astoria
  • AUSTIN MATTHEW HUNSINGER, age 26, from Astoria
  • CHARLES KRISTAIN KELLY, age 46, from Astoria
The number one objective in the management of CWD is to prevent its spread into new areas. One possible mode of disease transmission is via infected carcasses. Therefore, in an effort to minimize the risk of disease spread, a number of states, including Oregon, have adopted regulations affecting the transportation of hunter-harvested deer and elk.

OSP and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife would like to remind all hunters that except for the following parts, no person shall import a cervid carcass or parts of a cervid carcass if the cervid was killed in a state or province with a documented case of Chronic Wasting Disease:
  • Meat that is cut and wrapped commercially or privately;
  • Meat that has been boned out;
  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
  • Hides and/or capes with no head attached;
  • Skull plates with antlers attached that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue (velvet antlers are allowed);
  • Antler with no tissue attached (velvet antlers are allowed);
  • Upper canine teeth (buglers, whistlers, ivories);
  • Finished taxidermy heads.
States or provinces with a documented case of Chronic Wasting Disease are Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Utah and Saskatchewan.