Yearly Archives: 2012

Second Deer Positive for CWD at Davis County Hunting Preserve

A male deer harvested Dec. 1, at the Pine Ridge Hunting Preserve in Davis County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is the second positive test for the fatal disease at this facility.

The initial positive sample was confirmed in July that was submitted from a deer shot in December 2011.

As part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ CWD response plan, the hunting preserve has been providing test samples from each deer shot at its facility. So far, 151 deer and five elk have been taken according to the depopulation agreement with the landowner.

Clients at the hunting preserve are only allowed to take the cape and antlers attached to a clean skull plate from the facility.

The DNR is continuing to collect samples of wild deer harvested from the five mile zone surrounding the facility with a goal of 300 samples. Iowa’s deer seasons available in Davis County run through Jan. 20, 2013.

Deer tests positive for CWD in Adams County

MADISON – A 3-year-old buck harvested in Adams County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. The deer, harvested and volunteered for sampling by an archery hunter, is the first CWD-positive in the county.

“Being the first CWD positive in the county makes this noteworthy, but not unexpected,” said DNR area wildlife supervisor Kris Johansen. “We have been collecting samples in the county given its proximity to the south central Wisconsin core of infection and to CWD-positive deer on a former captive deer farm in the area.”

The DNR has been using a “weighted” testing strategy outside the CWD zone, focusing on older bucks because these animals are more susceptible to the disease. This increases the probability of early detection. The CWD-positive deer was harvested in north-central Adams County, south of Lake Arrowhead and east of Petenwell Flowage. This is 38 miles north of nearest known CWD-positive wild deer and about 25 miles from a former captive deer farm that had been infected with the disease.

Sampling of deer in Adams County is voluntary and is performed in partnership with participating taxidermists. To date, DNR has collected 72 samples through the voluntary effort and will continue to collect samples through the end of the late archery hunt.

Adams County bow hunters interested in volunteering deer for sampling can contact Jon Robaidek, local DNR biologist at 608-339-4819 or DNR conservation warden Wade Romberg at 608-339-2965 for more information.

“We thank all hunters who have brought deer in for voluntary CWD testing and the taxidermists who helped us collect samples,” Johansen said. “This cooperation is needed to identify presence of the disease and track prevalence.”

This sampling result does not change any remaining hunting seasons nor does it change the current CWD management zone boundary. Baiting and feeding of deer, as well as deer rehabilitation, is already banned in the county.

DNR will process all CWD samples collected in Adams County from the 2012 deer hunting season. Future response to this new positive will be addressed once all results are analyzed. “We will keep the public informed and involved as we learn more,” Johansen said.

For more information on CWD in Wisconsin, and to view CWD maps, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search for “CWD.”

Deer tests positive for CWD outside management zone boundary in Grant County

MADISON — A deer from outside the boundary of the chronic wasting disease management zone in Grant County has tested positive for the disease. The 2.5 year old buck was killed and registered Nov. 18.

“It’s disappointing but not unexpected to have a CWD-positive outside the current zone boundary. This is why we have focused surveillance around the fringes of the CWD management zone, to better understand the distribution of the disease and identify the presence of the disease in periphery areas,” said DNR’s Don Bates, Area Wildlife Supervisor.

The CWD-positive was harvested near the center of the county about 6.5 miles from the border of the CWD management zone and about eight miles from the nearest positive. This is the second year that DNR has focused surveillance around the boundaries of the existing CWD management zone. Sampling of deer is voluntary in these areas and in Grant County, DNR partners with taxidermists to collect samples.

“We thank all hunters who brought in deer in for voluntary CWD testing during the nine-day gun season and the taxidermists who helped us collect samples,” Bates said. “This cooperation is needed to track both disease distribution and trends in prevalence.” This sampling result does not change any remaining hunting seasons nor does it change the current CWD management zone boundary. Baiting and feeding of deer is already banned in the county and will continue to be illegal.

For more information on CWD in Wisconsin, and to view CWD management zone maps, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “CWD.”

Deer Hunt Area 132 Near Green River Added to CWD List

GREEN RIVER – Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose, has been discovered in deer hunt area 132.

Green River Wildlife Management Coordinator Mark Zornes said this case involved a mule deer doe that was collected within a half mile of the Green River Game and Fish Regional Office because it was emaciated and in poor body condition. The doe was euthanized and submitted for testing.

“This is the first time we have found CWD in this hunt area,” Zornes said. “However, the occurrence of CWD in Green River is not a huge surprise. CWD has been documented in Utah near the Wyoming border, about 40 miles to the south.”

CWD is not known to be a disease of humans and presents no known public health significance at this time. Nonetheless, to avoid risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or that test positive for CWD.

The Game and Fish continues to collect samples through hunter field checks and at CWD sampling stations. More than 4,000 CWD samples are collected annually throughout the state.

“There are no methods that have been proven effective in stopping the expansion of CWD, although a number of things have been tried in other states,” said Eric Keszler, Game and Fish assistant Services Division chief. “Recent research in Wisconsin and Colorado has shown that large-scale culling of animals is ineffective in stopping the spread of the disease or reducing its prevalence. Currently, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is monitoring the disease, conducting various research projects to understand more about CWD, and educating the public on the presence of the disease and what it means for wildlife and people. The department is committed to using the best available science to manage this disease in a manner that makes sense for the wildlife and people of Wyoming.”

For more information about CWD in Wyoming, visit the Game and Fish website at: wgfd.wyo.gov. For more information about CWD in North America, visit the CWD Alliance website at: www.cwd-info.org/.

First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Pennsylvania Deer

Adams County Captive Deer Tests Positive; No Evidence of Effect on Humans Editor’s Note: Agriculture Secretary George Greig and other officials will hold a press conference to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Capitol Media Center. Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County. The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization. The positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer at 1491 New Chester Rd., New Oxford, and tested as part of Pennsylvania’s intensive CWD monitoring efforts. The sample tissue was tested at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg and verified at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. In addition to the Adams County location, the department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer at 6464 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, Lycoming County, and 61 Pickett Rd., Dover, York County. The quarantine prevents movement of animals on and off the premises. “Pennsylvania has an aggressive Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program and a strong response plan,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Steps are being taken to prevent further spread of this disease to the state’s captive and wild deer populations.” An interagency CWD task force is in place to address the threat of the disease to Pennsylvania’s captive and wild deer, elk and moose populations. The task force includes representatives of the departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The task force will carry out the response plan, which includes education and outreach with public meetings and minimizing risk factors through continued surveillance, testing and management. “To date CWD has not been found in Pennsylvania’s wild deer population,” said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. ”Concerns over CWD should not prevent anyone from enjoying deer hunting and consuming meat from healthy animals.” Roe said that hunters should shoot only healthy-appearing animals, and take precautions like wearing rubber gloves when field-dressing their deer and wash thoroughly when finished. “Though no human disease has been associated with CWD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people or other animals do not eat any part of an animal diagnosed with or showing signs of CWD,” said Acting Health Secretary Michael Wolf. CWD attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. It is transmitted by direct animal-to-animal contact through saliva, feces and urine. Signs of the disease include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling and depression. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine. CWD was first discovered in Colorado captive mule deer in 1967, and has since been detected in 22 states and Canadian provinces, including Pennsylvania’s neighboring states of New York, West Virginia and Maryland. Pennsylvania is the 23rd state to find CWD in either a captive or wild population of deer and the 13th state to have it only in a captive deer herd. Surveillance for CWD has been ongoing in Pennsylvania since 1998. The agriculture department coordinates a mandatory CWD monitoring program for more than 23,000 captive deer on 1,100 breeding farms, hobby farms and shooting preserves. In addition, the Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer and elk and those that appear sick or behave abnormally. Since 1998, the commission has tested more than 38,000 free-ranging deer and elk for CWD and all have tested negative. For more information from the departments of Agriculture and Health and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, visit: