Yearly Archives: 2018

MO – MDC offers free voluntary CWD testing statewide all season

MDC offers free voluntary CWD testing statewide all season

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer hunters to know that it is offering free chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season – Sept. 15 through Jan. 15, 2019. The sampling is voluntary and hunters can also get free test results for their deer.

Hunters can have their deer sampled at 11 select MDC offices around the state. Hunters can also take their deer to 64 participating taxidermists and meat processors located in the 48 counties of MDC’s CWD Management Zone. (See map for CWD Management Zone counties.)

Find locations and more information on voluntary CWD sampling at mdc.mo.gov/cwd under “Voluntary CWD Sampling All Season.”

MDC asks hunters to Telecheck their deer before taking them to a CWD sampling location. Hunters can bring the entire deer — preferably field dressed — or the head with at least 6 inches of the neck in place. Heads that have the cape removed for taxidermy can also be sampled.

CWD test results can take up to four weeks from the time of sample submission. Hunters can get test results for their CWD-sampled deer online at mdc.mo.gov/CWDTestResults.

Mandatory CWD Sampling Nov. 10 and 11 in 31 counties

MDC will again conduct mandatory CWD sampling in 31 of the 48 counties of its CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 10 and 11. The counties include new ones added to the CWD Management Zone, counties with previous CWD positives, and counties very near previous positives.

The 31 counties for mandatory CWD sampling are: Adair, Barry, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Grundy, Hickory, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Macon, Madison, McDonald, Mercer, Moniteau, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, and Washington.

Hunters who harvest deer from these counties Nov. 10 or 11 must take their deer — or the head with at least 6 inches of the neck in place — on the day of harvest to one of 61 MDC CWD mandatory sampling stations. Deer may be presented at any mandatory sampling station.

Find locations for mandatory CWD sampling at mdc.mo.gov/cwd under “Mandatory CWD Sampling Nov. 10-11.”

WY – CWD found in new elk hunt area near Meeteetse

8/28/2018 1:01:26 PM

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a bull elk harvested by a hunter tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Elk Hunt Area 66. The elk was killed northeast of Meeteetse and this is the first time CWD has been found in this elk hunt area.

To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish has the practice of announcing when CWD is found in a new hunt area. Additionally, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which state that hunters should strongly consider having their elk, deer and moose tested if harvested in an area where CWD is known to occur, and not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

Elk Hunt Area 66 is quite close to Elk Hunt Area 48 where CWD was first documented last year. Additionally, Game and Fish has previously confirmed CWD in deer in the deer hunt areas that overlap with this elk hunt area. A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,351 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years and continues to evaluates the new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department – 307-777-4600)

– WGFD –

Fule article can be found here:https://wgfd.wyo.gov/News/CWD-found-in-new-elk-hunt-area-near-Meeteetse

MS – CWD Regulations Adopted for 2018-2019 Hunting Season

8/20/2018 8:41:51 AM
From MDWFP

JACKSON – The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, adopted regulations for the revised Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Zone for the 2018-2019 hunting season during the August 16, 2018 meeting held at J.P. Coleman State Park. Regulations were approved after the thirty day comment period and take effect immediately. The new zone includes portions of Issaquena, Sharkey, and Warren counties and is identified as all areas south of Highways 14 and 16, areas west of the Yazoo River, all portions of Warren County, and all areas east of the Mississippi River.

The supplemental feeding ban and permitted hog trapping are lifted in Hinds, Claiborne, and Yazoo counties. Within the revised zone, supplemental feeding is banned and hog trapping must be permitted through Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. (MDWFP)  Also, no portions of cervid carcasses may be transported outside of the zone. For products that may leave the CWD Management Zone see the 2018-2019 CWD Hunting Season Handout located at mdwfp.com/cwd.

MDWFP will host a public meeting to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at Warren Central High School on Thursday, August 30 at 6 p.m. located in the Auditorium. Presentations by MDWFP staff will be on the status of CWD and planned monitoring activities for the 2018-2019 hunting season.  Representatives from MDWFP will be available to answer questions.

Those unable to attend can view the meeting via Facebook Live on the MDWFP Facebook Page. Viewers can ask questions in the comment box during the video.

For more information about Chronic Wasting Disease, or to report a sick animal, visit www.mdwfp.com/cwd. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.

OH – Effective August 1, 2018 New Deer Restrictions

Effective August 1st, 2018

    •  if you hunt outside Ohio, you must bone out the meat before returning to the state with an elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, or moose. Only the following parts may be brought into Ohio:
      • Meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
      • Meat that is boned out, securely and completely wrapped either commercially or privately;
      • Cleaned hides with no heads attached;
      • Skull plates that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;
      • Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;
      • Cleaned upper canine teeth;
      • Hides and capes without any part of the head or lymph nodes attached; or
      • Finished taxidermy mounts.
    • Moving to a complete ban simplifies import rules for hunters traveling out of state and reduces the risk of introducing CWD into Ohio.

Rules Governing Interstate Transport of High-risk Cervid Carcass Parts

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Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) Changes

        In 2015, the ODNR Division of Wildlife declared a 10-township area in Holmes (all or portions of Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck, Mechanic, and Richland townships) and Wayne (Franklin and Clinton townships) counties a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA.) The area was formally declared DSA 2015-01 and was to exist for a minimum of three years. Effective July 31, 2018, that designation and all rules associated with it have expired. CWD was not detected in any of the approximately 2,000 wild deer tested that were harvested in the area over a 4-year period.

 

        In response to a captive cervid facility testing positive for CWD in January 2018 in eastern Holmes County, a new DSA 2018-01 has been established. All rules associated with DSA 2018-01 are effective beginning August 1st, 2018. These rules include the following:

 

      • Requires hunters to bring deer carcasses harvested within the DSA 2018-01 boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons;
      • Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables, or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;
      • Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables, or other feed within the DSA boundaries; and
      • Prohibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA 2018-01 boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass restrictions.

Disease Surveillance Area 2018

    •  Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.
    • Hunters harvesting deer during Ohio’s gun seasons (7-day traditional, 2-day bonus, and 4-day muzzleloader) within the DSA are required to deliver their deer to a carcass inspection station. Hunters are NOT required to present their deer for testing during the 2-day youth gun season. Two locations have been designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the deer-gun seasons and the deer muzzleloader season. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
      • Sugar Creek Village Hall (Tuscarawas County), 410 South Broadway Street, Sugar Creek, OH 44681
      • Walnut Creek Township Garage (Holmes County), 2490 Township Road 414, Dundee, OH 44624
    • Hunters will be asked to provide their 18-digit confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed. Tissue samples will be taken and tested for CWD. Samples can be taken from either just the head or complete carcass. Hunters that harvest a deer and wish to have it mounted must still bring their deer to an inspection station. Samples will not be taken at the time, but staff will collect additional information, so samples can be collected later.
    • Although CWD has not been detected in the wild deer herd, hunters who plan to hunt in DSA 2018-01 are encouraged to consider having their deer processed commercially to ensure high-risk carcass parts are disposed of properly. Hunters who plan to process their deer are strongly encouraged to double-bag all high-risk carcass parts and set them with household trash for pickup. There is no strong evidence that CWD affects humans; however, hunters can take some common-sense precautions, such as not harvesting deer that appear sick or otherwise abnormal and wearing rubber gloves while field dressing and processing deer.

White-tailed Deer Harvested in Ohio

    • Irresponsible dumping of carcasses can spread disease. Hunters who process their white-tailed deer at home should properly dispose of the hide, brain and spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, bones, and head by double-bagging these parts and set them with the trash for disposal at a municipal landfill. It is unlikely that hunters would increase CWD transmission by field dressing and leaving the entrails and internal organs in the field.
    • Anyone who sees deer that appear to be sick or are displaying abnormal behavior should immediately report the occurrence to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The person reporting the animal should describe the location of the animal, its symptoms, and behavior. Hunters should not kill or handle a deer that they believe is sick.

See full details here:http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/diseases-in-wildlife

MI – Natural Resources Commission approves deer regulations related to chronic wasting disease

Aug. 9, 2018
A white-tailed deer. Michigan's Natural Resources Commission approved new hunting regulations aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease.At today’s meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, the commission approved a series of deer hunting regulations aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease. The action came after months of commission members and Department of Natural Resources staff hearing from hunters, residents and others interested in the long-term health of the state’s deer population, and a thorough review of the best available science on chronic wasting disease.

“We hope that by setting these specific CWD regulations we can limit the movement of this disease in Michigan,” said Vicki Pontz, NRC chairperson. “We appreciate all the comments we have received from across the state. Michigan hunters are very passionate about deer and deer hunting, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to confront this threat to wildlife and our valued hunting tradition.”

CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected animals and produces small lesions that result in death. There is no cure; once an animal is infected, it will die.

The disease first was discovered in Michigan in a free-ranging deer in May 2015. To date, more than 31,000 deer in Michigan have been tested for chronic wasting disease, and CWD has been confirmed in 60 free-ranging deer in six Michigan counties: Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm.

The approved deer hunting regulations, which will be in effect for the 2018 deer seasons unless noted otherwise, include:

  • Reduced the 4-point on-a-side antler requirement on the restricted tag of the combination license in the 16-county CWD Management Zone. Under the new regulation, a hunter in the CWD Management Zone can use the restricted tag of the combination license to harvest a buck with antlers as long as it has at least one 3-inch antler.
  • Created a discounted antlerless license opportunity in the CWD Management Zone on private land; if purchased, the license will expire Nov. 4, 2018.
  • Effectively immediately, a statewide ban on the use of all natural cervid urine-based lures and attractants, except for lures that are approved by the Archery Trade Association.
  • An immediate ban on baiting and feeding in the 16-county area identified as the CWD Management Zone. This area includes Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa and Shiawassee counties.
  • A ban on baiting and feeding in the Lower Peninsula, effective Jan. 31, 2019, with an exception to this ban for hunters with disabilities who meet specific requirements. The start date on this regulation is intended to allow bait producers and retailers time to adjust to the new rule.
  • Effective immediately in the CWD Management Zone and four-county bovine tuberculosis area (in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties), hunters with disabilities who meet specific requirements can now use 2 gallons of single-bite bait, such as shelled corn, during the Liberty and Independence hunts.
  • Allowance of all legal firearms to be used in muzzleloader season in the CWD Management Zone.
  • A purchase limit of 10 private-land antlerless licenses per hunter in the CWD Management Zone.
  • Restrictions on deer carcass movement in the five-county CWD Core Area (Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm and Newaygo counties) and the CWD Management Zone.
  • Antlerless options on deer licenses/combo licenses during firearms seasons in the five-county CWD Core Area.
  • Expansion of early and late antlerless seasons in select counties.
  • Changes to regulations regarding wildlife rehabilitators.

In addition, the commission asked the DNR to move forward with:

  • An experimental mandatory antler point restriction regulation in a five-county CWD Core Area, including Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm and Newaygo counties. The restriction would begin in 2019, provided a survey of hunters shows support for the requirement and specific department guidelines are met. This is intended as a tool to evaluate the effects of antler point restrictions on the spread and prevalence of CWD, along with deer population reduction.
  • A hunter-submitted proposal for mandatory antler point restrictions in Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. If hunter surveys support this regulation and specific department guidelines are met, it would be implemented in 2019.

These regulations come after much collaborative work to better understand the scope and pathways of CWD and best management actions. In October 2017, Michigan hosted a CWD symposium that brought together roughly 200 wildlife scientists and other experts from across the country.

Recommendations and public outreach

Shortly after the symposium, the DNR and the Natural Resources Commission announced the creation of a nine-member Chronic Wasting Disease Working Group. This group was charged with developing recommendations on additional steps and actions to substantially mitigate CWD in Michigan, and in January presented initial recommendations centered around messaging, partnership funding, regional management, and the importance of continuing a solid science-based approach.

Throughout April and May of this year, the DNR hosted a series of public engagement meetings in Bay City, Cadillac, Detroit, DeWitt, Gaylord, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Newberry and Rockford. These meetings provided many opportunities for the DNR to share the latest information and recommendations about CWD, while encouraging the public to offer their best ideas on how to slow the disease.

During this outreach period, more than 650 peopled attend public engagement meetings, and the DNR received comments and suggestions via 361 hard-copy surveys and 135 online surveys.

More information on regulations

Details on all regulations will be added next week to the online hunting digests on the DNR website, and DNR staff will be available at deer-check stations during the hunting seasons, too.

More information about these regulations also will be posted next week to the michigan.gov/cwd website. For additional questions, contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Accompanying deer photos are available below for download.

 

End of article. Full article can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79137_79770_79780-474935–,00.html