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MT – Deer in Blaine County test positive for CWD


Fri Nov 16 10:27:40 MST 2018

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Test results from three deer harvested in Blaine County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The deer were harvested within the 2018 priority surveillance area, which includes the northern half of Blaine County.

As a result, the northern part of Blaine County — north of U.S. Highway 2 — has been designated a CWD-positive area. A previously existing CWD-positive area includes all of Liberty County.

FWP has notified the hunters who submitted the samples.

To prevent the spread of CWD to other portions of Montana, the brain and spinal column of deer, elk or moose harvested within either CWD-positive area cannot be transported outside of the associated transport restriction zone, or TRZ, which includes Toole, Liberty and Hill counties, and with this latest detection has been expanded to include Blaine and Phillips counties. Hunters are reminded not to leave this expanded TRZ with whole deer, elk or moose carcasses from either CWD-positive area but should consider processing the animal within the TRZ or only removing quarters and deboned meat with no spinal column or head attached.

Hunters also need to be aware that because of this new detection of CWD, FWP is relying on collecting more samples from the area to determine disease prevalence among the deer population and its potential distribution. This information is critical for FWP in developing a plan for managing the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that hunters who harvest deer, elk and moose in CWD-positive areas have the meat tested before consumption. Although there is no known transmission of CWD to humans, the World Health Organization and the CDC recommend not consuming meat from an animal known to be infected with CWD.

FWP would like hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose within the priority surveillance area, which includes the Hi-Line from the Blackfeet Reservation to the North Dakota border and HDs 210, 212 and 217 in western Montana, to submit the animals for CWD testing. This can be done by visiting surveillance area check stations, which are open on weekends, or by contacting or visiting the FWP regional office in Great Falls at 406-454-5840, Glasgow at 406-228-3700, Havre at 406-265-6177, Missoula at 406-542-5500, or Billings at 406-247-2940 during the week.

As a reminder, the head of the animal is needed for testing. The standard test is to look at an animal’s retropharyngeal lymph nodes or brainstem for evidence of CWD.

Check station locations that will sample for CWD:

  • Glasgow
  • Malta
  • Hunters can also bring animals into the Havre and Glasgow offices during the week
  • Laurel
  • Chester
  • Shelby
  • Great Falls office during the week
  • South of Hall
  • South of Phillipsburg

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WI – DATCP Confirms CWD-Positive Deer in Portage County

Release Date: November 15, 2018        

Media Contacts:

Leeann Duwe, Public Information Officer, 608-224-5005
Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020 

MADISON – Based on test results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that a white-tailed deer harvested from a 220-acre Portage County hunt ranch has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The hunt ranch had purchased the three-year-old buck from a Portage County breeding farm. DATCP has quarantined both the breeding farm and the hunt ranch. A quarantine means no animals may move in or out of the farm and further restricts movement of carcasses.

According to the most recent owner registration, the 11-acre breeding farm has 42 whitetail deer, is double-fenced, and is enrolled in the CWD Herd Status Program. More information about CWD testing requirements for farms enrolled in this program can be found on the DATCP website. DATCP’s Division of Animal Health will investigate the animal’s history and trace movements of deer onto and off the breeding farm to determine whether other herds may have been exposed to the CWD-positive deer.

The hunt ranch has 156 deer and elk and will have additional testing requirements to better monitor and analyze the spread of the disease.

CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal’s brain. Testing for CWD can only be performed after the deer’s death. For more information about CWD visit DATCP’s website. DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement, and permit requirements. To learn more about deer farm regulations in Wisconsin, visit DATCP’s farm-raised deer program. The Department of Natural Resources also provides resources for CWD and monitors the state’s wild white-tailed deer for CWD.

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Article directly from WI DATCP can be found here DATCP Confirms CWD-Positive Deer in Portage County.

WY – CWD found in a new deer hunt area near Sundance


CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a buck mule deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Deer Hunt Area 5. The deer was harvested south of Sundance. CWD has previously been documented in neighboring deer hunt areas and an overlapping elk hunt area.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer. The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. Recent research in Wyoming shows that it poses a threat to deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.

A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years, and continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

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

(Renny MacKay-

– WGFD –
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The full article can be seen on the WY Game and Fish Department.

MN – Deer farm infected with CWD in 2016 identifies additional cases

Saint Paul, Minn – Chronic wasting disease was detected in four harvested samples from farmed deer at a quarantined farm in Crow Wing County. The farm has been under movement restrictions and monitored by the Board since December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirms recent samples were CWD positive in four deer.

-9-year-old female mule deer.
-1.5-year-old female white-tailed deer.
-2-year-old male white-tailed deer.
-2-year-old female mule deer.

“We’ve been working with the herd owner for the past two years to monitor the deer and look for any new detections of the disease,” said Assistant Director Dr. Linda Glaser. “The biggest change following this new detection will be to extend our deadline to monitor the herd.”

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently in the second year of sampling wild deer for CWD in Crow Wing County as a result of the farm’s earlier infection.

This past Saturday and Sunday, the opening weekend of the firearms deer-hunting season, the DNR sampled hunter-killed deer in Crow Wing County and results are not yet available. No CWD has been found in wild deer since the DNR began its surveillance in Crow Wing County in 2017.

The DNR typically conducts three years of surveillance of wild deer in a specific area where CWD is found in a farmed deer. This newest discovery in farmed deer didn’t change how DNR conducted its recent sampling during opening weekend in Crow Wing County, said Lou Cornicelli, the DNR’s wildlife research manager.

However, DNR staff will meet with Board of Animal Health staff to assess the risk factors associated with this latest discovery at the farm and determine whether a fourth year of surveillance of wild deer is necessary, Cornicelli said.

“We appreciate all the cooperation hunters provided us during this past opening weekend with surveillance in Crow Wing County,” Cornicelli said.

CWD is a disease affecting members of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein, a prion, which can cause damage to brain and nerve tissue. There is no danger to other animal species. The disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed prions in saliva, feces, urine and other fluids or tissues. The disease is always fatal, and there are no known treatments or vaccines. The Board advises testing all Cervidae for the disease. Consuming infected meat is not advised.

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Article found on the MN Board of Animal Health website.

USGS CWD Update 121

USGS has released USGS CWD update 121. Published 05 November 2018