Deer Farmer

Go Back   Deer Farmer > Deer Farming Forum > Cervid Industry

Cervid Industry Cervid Industry Forum - share, discuss, and debate important issues and matters within the cervid industry


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes

Old Jul 14th 2014, 07:05 PM   #1
 
  Nov 2012
  Garnett, Kansas



Study: Chronic Wasting Disease Won't Wipe Out Elk


Billings Gazette

3 hours ago* •* Wyoming Game and Fish



A 10-year study conducted by the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department suggests that the effects of chronic wasting disease on elk may not be as devastating as once believed.


Research has shown that genes play a role in elk susceptibility to CWD. Some elk have genes that prolong the time between exposure to the CWD prion, the infectious agent of CWD, and the onset of the disease. These genes become dominant over many decades, greatly reducing the impact of CWD on the population. Elk with these genes live longer even when heavily exposed to CWD, and therefore have more opportunity to reproduce than elk with other genes.


Some people have feared that winter feedgrounds for elk would concentrate the disease resulting in a much higher incidence of CWD.


“This study model essentially represents the worst-case scenario that would face feedground elk,” said Terry Kreeger, retired state wildlife veterinarian for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “We predict a genetic shift over several decades favoring genes that prolong the incubation time of CWD resulting in elk populations that are able to persist in the face of the disease.”


Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Division, said, “It helps to know that based on this research, if CWD should become established on feedgrounds, we wont see a devastating effect on populations as many have feared. This research also looked at how hunting would affect populations, and it appears, Game and Fish would still need to have hunting seasons to manage elk populations even if faced with CWD on feedgrounds.”


The full study was published in an issue of Ecospohere, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific publication of the Ecological Society of America and can be accessed at www.esajournals.org.


*


http://m.billingsgazette.com/lifesty...ile_touch=true
Travis is offline  
Old Jul 14th 2014, 07:16 PM   #2
 Four Seasons Whitetails's Avatar
 
  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
Travis945471405393523



Study: Chronic Wasting Disease Won't Wipe Out Elk


Billings Gazette

3 hours ago* •* Wyoming Game and Fish



A 10-year study conducted by the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department suggests that the effects of chronic wasting disease on elk may not be as devastating as once believed.


Research has shown that genes play a role in elk susceptibility to CWD. Some elk have genes that prolong the time between exposure to the CWD prion, the infectious agent of CWD, and the onset of the disease. These genes become dominant over many decades, greatly reducing the impact of CWD on the population. Elk with these genes live longer even when heavily exposed to CWD, and therefore have more opportunity to reproduce than elk with other genes.


Some people have feared that winter feedgrounds for elk would concentrate the disease resulting in a much higher incidence of CWD.


“This study model essentially represents the worst-case scenario that would face feedground elk,” said Terry Kreeger, retired state wildlife veterinarian for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “We predict a genetic shift over several decades favoring genes that prolong the incubation time of CWD resulting in elk populations that are able to persist in the face of the disease.”


Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Division, said, “It helps to know that based on this research, if CWD should become established on feedgrounds, we wont see a devastating effect on populations as many have feared. This research also looked at how hunting would affect populations, and it appears, Game and Fish would still need to have hunting seasons to manage elk populations even if faced with CWD on feedgrounds.”


The full study was published in an issue of Ecospohere, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific publication of the Ecological Society of America and can be accessed at www.esajournals.org.


*


http://m.billingsgazette.com/lifesty...ile_touch=true




You would think they would say the same thing about whitetails in Wisconsin and Illinois seeing its proven to be the same?
Four Seasons Whitetails is offline  
Old Jul 15th 2014, 04:21 AM   #3
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota


Found these quotes interesting:


*
' ';http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/15...er-parts-west/
' ';(0,51,153)*
17px;' ';(35,35,35)The recent surge of white-tailed deer was the subject of an August column by The Nature Conservancy that questioned whether the animal is a bigger threat to eastern forests than climate change.
' ';(0,51,153)*
17px;' ';(35,35,35)“No native vertebrate species in the eastern United States has a more direct effect on habitat integrity than the white-tailed deer,” The Nature Conservancy blogpost read. “There are no hard numbers, but in many states deer populations continue to rise well beyond historical norms. In many areas of the country deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by preferentially feeding on select plant species.”
G O Whitetails is offline  
Reply

  Deer Farmer > Deer Farming Forum > Cervid Industry

Tags
chronic, disease, elk, study, wasting, wipe, won't



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Letter: States Must Do More to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease Travis Cervid Industry 0 Nov 16th 2014 03:13 PM
Chronic Wasting Disease Program Standards Autry Cervid Industry 70 May 9th 2013 12:04 PM
Chronic wasting disease found in North Dakota Autry Cervid Industry 0 Mar 18th 2010 04:14 PM
Chronic wasting disease detected in 1st Utah elk Autry Cervid Industry 1 Mar 11th 2010 03:40 PM
Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Autry Cervid Industry 11 Jun 29th 2009 05:08 AM


Facebook Twitter Google+ RSS Feed