May 5, 2007
Deauville Deer Farm has opened for the season but feeding the deer is no longer allowed. This is because chronic wasting disease has been found in nearby West Virginia among the wild deer population. Although they are a different species from these fallow deer, there is a concern that these deer could possibly carry the disease and that human contact could spread it.
By the way, feeding wild deer may increase the risk of disease by concentrating them together.
Deauville is on Crooked Run Road near Basye, VA. It also features exotic chickens and organic vegetables.
Articles on chronic wasting disease include:
The CDC on Chronic Wasting Disease
Va. Dept. of Game on Chronic Wasting Disease