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Old Mar 1st 2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 01, 2013







Release #019-13







CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE FOUND IN BLAIR AND BEDFORD COUNTIES GAME COMMISSION TO HOLD CWD NEWS CONFERENCE MONDAY, MARCH 4







HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission today confirmed three hunter-killed deer taken in the 2012 general firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two were from Blair County; the other was from Bedford County.







“These are the first positive cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania,” confirmed Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. “The disease was first documented in early October, 2012, by the state Department of Agriculture in a captive deer on an Adams County deer farm.”







The three hunter-killed deer tissue samples were collected by Game Commission personnel during annual deer aging field checks during the general firearms season for deer. The samples were tested and identified as suspect positive by the Department of Agriculture as part of an ongoing annual statewide CWD surveillance program. The tissue samples were confirmed to be positive for CWD by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, as part of an established verification process.







“The three CWD-positives were part of 2,945 deer sampled for the disease statewide,” explained Roe. “To date, we have received test results from 1,500 samples, including these three positive samples. Results from the remaining samples should be available in the next few weeks.”







An additional 2,089 deer were sampled and tested from within the designated Disease Management Area in Adams and York counties; CWD was not detected in any of those deer samples. Since 1998, the Game Commission has gathered and submitted more than 43,000 samples from wild deer and elk for CWD testing. The three CWD-positives announced today are the first to be confirmed in 15 years of testing.







“Pennsylvania has an active Interagency CWD Task Force and a dynamic CWD surveillance program,” Roe noted, “and we will continue to be vigilant and initiate steps included in the Commonwealth’s CWD Response Plan. We will continue to work diligently with the Department of Agriculture and other members of the task force to better manage the threat of this disease to the state’s captive and wild deer populations.”







The Game Commission is working to identify and engage the hunters who harvested these CWD-positive deer to confirm where the whitetails were killed. A meeting of the Interagency CWD Task Force is being convened this afternoon to discuss the new CWD-positive deer and possible additional actions to determine the prevalence and distribution of the disease within Pennsylvania, as well as to contain its spread.







The latest information and updates to existing CWD information can be accessed on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). Public meetings will be held in the Blair-Bedford County area in coming weeks to share what we know about these CWD-positive deer and CWD in Pennsylvania, and to answer questions the public might have about this disease. How these latest developments may influence hunting regulations and other deer policies are at this time still contingent upon the results of ongoing testing of samples from hunter-killed deer, additional surveillance and fieldwork, and Game Commission and task force deliberations.







CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is transmitted by direct animal-to-animal contact through saliva, feces and urine. CWD is fatal in deer and elk, 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.







Signs of the disease include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior such as stumbling, trembling and depression. Infected deer and elk also may allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. 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.







GAME COMMISSION TO HOLD CWD NEWS CONFERENCE MONDAY, MARCH 4







Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe and other Commonwealth officials will hold a press conference to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease 2 p.m., Monday, March 4, in the auditorium of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg Headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue. To keep Pennsylvania hunters and other residents informed on this breaking story, the press conference also will be webcast through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) beginning at 2 p.m. Background on CWD and its limited history in Pennsylvania can be found on the Game Commission’s CWD Info Page.







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Old Mar 1st 2013, 10:27 AM   #2
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota
Blair is mid central. This will effect alot of breeders for export to other states! Sad News
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 10:35 AM   #3
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
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Blair is mid central. This will effect alot of breeders for export to other states! Sad News


Is it in the Altoona area?
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 10:48 AM   #4
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota
I believe so.
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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I just took my NADEFA directory and used google maps along with a map of PA counties and I did find some farms that look like they must be in or very close to those 2 counties. I am very sorry for the hardships they have coming their way. This whole ordeal is simply crap! They will penalize a farm for being in that area and they continue to penalize farms for even simply being in the same state as a positive. So then explain to me why we test? Why would it make any difference if a farm has tested for 6 months, 6 years or 60 years? There is no way science can explain how CWD has been found in areas and even states where there are no captive deer other than maybe just maybe this disease is not simply "spread" and maybe it occurs naturally or at the very least in some way that could never be stopped despite limiting or completely shutting down deer farming. I have said in the past and I still feel the same way. This whole CWD crap is all for nothing. It makes good politics and nothing more.
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 11:25 AM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  Ringle, WI
When or how often does a deer test positive for TB or Brucellisis ? All this testing is just bullcrap in my book especially when a deer stay's within the same state when sold or transferred ! When will all the testings be enough ? The cattle industry only tested all their critters for TB just so long and were allowed to quit, when will it be enough for us ? Rogers right if you live in the wrong place at the wrong time you could have tested 60 years and it won't do you a dang bit of good !
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 11:27 AM   #7
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  Feb 2011
  Blair County, PA

Cervid: Whitetails
Wow this is the first I am hearing about this I am in Blair county
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 11:27 AM   #8
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota
Roger, CWD is a political disease. I have agrued at our state cervid meeting at the BAH, that CWD can occur spontaniously just as BSE in cattle can. It's the only way to explain that it jumps up all over the country, even in places where there are no deer farms.
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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  Edgar, WI

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Wow this is the first I am hearing about this I am in Blair county


Sorry Travis
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 12:02 PM   #10
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Well the story just keeps getting worse and worse.....makes me sick......this is just awful news.......not that I didn't know it was just a matter of time before it showed up in PA........I certainly am not looking forward to how this effects our regulations within our State......sad news!!!! Well I hope and pray things don't get to crazy...there are a couple Big Names in the Industry that have their farms within those counties......this is going to get interesting......
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
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Originally Posted by IndependenceRanch
I just took my NADEFA directory and used google maps along with a map of PA counties and I did find some farms that look like they must be in or very close to those 2 counties. I am very sorry for the hardships they have coming their way. This whole ordeal is simply crap! They will penalize a farm for being in that area and they continue to penalize farms for even simply being in the same state as a positive. So then explain to me why we test? Why would it make any difference if a farm has tested for 6 months, 6 years or 60 years? There is no way science can explain how CWD has been found in areas and even states where there are no captive deer other than maybe just maybe this disease is not simply "spread" and maybe it occurs naturally or at the very least in some way that could never be stopped despite limiting or completely shutting down deer farming. I have said in the past and I still feel the same way. This whole CWD crap is all for nothing. It makes good politics and nothing more.


Yup but they will move a boat load of Elk out of a CWD area and say...We dont THINK there will be any issues. It is all about the states losing money. Every DEC,DNR or whatever else thet call them think that they are going to lose money because people hunt with us with no tags.
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 12:33 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
What has usually been the norm for other states for farms that are within close proximity to where a wild whitetail was positive for CWD?
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 01:07 PM   #13
 
  Apr 2009
  Webster, WI
Exact same thing happened to me and at least 5 other farms last year here in Northwestern Wisconsin. CWD was found in a wild deer in the neighboring county to my farm and approximately 20 miles away "as the crow flies". It did not shut down business for my farm but did take away a couple of states, New York and Illinois, where I was able to do business in previous years. There were a couple of states that after this discovery only allowed deer from my farm because I was double fenced.
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 01:08 PM   #14
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota
Minnesota won't allow the county [or counties] that touch the affected county [or counties] where a deer in the wild population show up positive foe CWD.



You guys in Pa.need to really watch for articles in papers that come out pointing the finger at deer farms. These negative articles need to be countered with positive points [facts]. Many of the statements you see will be half-truths or out and out lies. They will be easy to dispel, but you NEED to respond. An ignorant public will believe whatever it reads in the paper, even if it is blatantly wrong.

We have been through this in Minnesota 3-4 years ago. If you need help on this, contact your state board. We in Minnesota will be glad to help you if you need information.



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Old Mar 1st 2013, 01:12 PM   #15
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota
Jared is right, Minnesota will allow deer from your farms if you are double-fenced. By all means consider double-fencing your breeding facilities. We are double-fencing ours this summer just to protect ourselves.
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