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Old Feb 11th 2014, 07:19 PM   #1
 Four Seasons Whitetails's Avatar
 
  Oct 2009
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
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Wisconsin tracks 81 deer from game farm with CWD buck to seven other states
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margin:0px 0px .75emWisconsin tracks 81 deer from game farm with CWD buck to seven other states

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margin:0px 0px .75emState tracks 81 deer from game farm with CWD buck

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margin:0px 0px .75emBy Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel Feb. 11, 2014 5:18 p.m.

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margin:0px 0px .75emThe state agriculture department said Tuesday that 81 deer have been traced to farms in Wisconsin and seven other states from a deer operation that produced the first case of chronic wasting disease at a game farm in five years.

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margin:0px 0px .75emThe Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Dec. 2 that a male deer from a shooting preserve in Marathon County that was killed on Nov. 4 had tested positive for the fatal deer disease.

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margin:0px 0px .75emThe owners of the shooting preserve, Wilderness Whitetails, also own breeding farms in Portage County, where the male was kept from May 2008 to September 2010, according to the agriculture department.

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margin:0px 0px .75emPaul McGraw, the state veterinarian, said his agency found through records that the male deer lived at the same breeding farm as the other deer that have since been moved to other facilities, although an owner of the farm said there was no contact between the male deer and the deer.

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margin:0px 0px .75emEight were traced to Antler Valley Whitetails in Kaukauna in Outagamie County and five were traced to Clam River Whitetails of Webster in Burnett County, McGraw said.

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margin:0px 0px .75emAlso, 68 deer were shipped to game farms in Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

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margin:0px 0px .75emMcGraw said that U.S. Department of Agriculture protocol calls for those deer that left Wilderness Whitetails to be quarantined.

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margin:0px 0px .75emAll deer on the breeding farms and game shooting preserve operations of Wilderness Whitetails have been quarantined since a positive CWD test was reported, McGraw said.

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margin:0px 0px .75emChronic wasting disease was first discovered in Wisconsin in the wild in February 2002 and has since been found in 18 counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The source of the disease has never been determined in the state, and since its initial discovery in the wild, the disease has been found on game farms, as well.

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margin:0px 0px .75emMcGraw said the deer is not likely to have contracted to the disease from another deer on the farm. More than 800 deer on the farm have been tested since 1998, he said.

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margin:0px 0px .75emIt's more likely it contracted the disease from environmental sources such as soil or from deer contact through a fence, he said. Another possibility is that occurred spontaneously. The game farm was fenced in about five years ago.

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margin:0px 0px .75emMcGraw said that the 5-year-old male had been at the shooting preserve for 37 months. The longest a deer has lived since exposure, without clinical signs of the disease, is about 28 months. CWD is a neurological disease that often causes deer to become emaciated.

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margin:0px 0px .75emThe nearest deer in the wild that has tested positive for CWD was in Portage County, about 20 miles away, McGraw said.

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margin:0px 0px .75emGreg Flees, one of the owners of the game farm and shooting preserve, said that none of the deer that were shipped from the farm had contact with the diseased male, and he said he has never received deer from outside the facility.

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margin:0px 0px .75emFlees said that at the age of 4, the male contacted an antler infection — a first for one of his deer — and he raised the possibility that this might be a factor in contracting the disease.

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margin:0px 0px .75emSaid McGraw: "We don't know if that could for a contributing factor, but it doesn't change the fact that the deer was CWD positive."

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margin:0px 0px .75emAt the time the buck was killed by a hunter, the deer showed no signs of disease, according to Flees. It weighed 350 pounds.

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margin:0px 0px .75em"It was a big, fat, healthy animal," Flees said





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Old Feb 12th 2014, 03:18 AM   #2
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Yes, the good news is that the state is not pointing fingers at other deer farmers and even suggesting this could be spontaneous! Have only heard that in cases of mad cow in cattle.
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