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.

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