MARYLAND FINDS SECOND CASE OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD
Posted Mar 06 2014 11:12am
March 5, 2014
Second Chronic Wasting Disease Case Found in Maryland Deer
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation on February 28 that a second white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The adult female deer was harvested in Allegany County in December 2013 during firearm season.
The first confirmed case of CWD in Maryland was reported in February 2011, also from Allegany County. Maryland is one of over 20 states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.
“Chronic wasting disease has become firmly established in the region since it was initially found in West Virginia in 2005,” said Karina Stonesifer, acting director of DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service. “The department has followed this outbreak closely and has been prepared to find additional infected deer in Maryland. We have sampled intensively for this disease since 2002 and see this as an unfortunate but inevitable outcome. We will continue to manage CWD with the best available science to minimize the impact on our deer population and the people who enjoy these great animals.”
Concerns over CWD should not stop anyone from deer hunting and enjoying venison. There is no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans, livestock or other animals. As always, hunters are advised to never consume the meat of sick animals. Hunters should also avoid the brain, spinal column or lymph nodes of deer — all of which are normally removed during the butchering process.
This is the second positive sample out of nearly 7,500 deer tested in Maryland since 1999. Since 2010, sampling efforts have been focused on Allegany and western Washington counties due to the presence of CWD in nearby West Virginia, Virginia, and recently, Pennsylvania.
CWD is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord of deer and elk, specifically white-tailed deer, moose, mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk. While the exact cause is not known, it is believed to be a prion disease. A prion is an altered protein that causes other normal proteins to change and cause sponge-like holes in the brain. The disease appears to be passed between animals via saliva, feces or urine. For more information on CWD in Maryland, click here.
March 04, 2014 Live Blog: QDMA North American Whitetail Summit
Tuesday, 5:00 PM: Captive Whitetail Industry is a Huge Threat
Across America, the high-fence deer hunting debate rages on. The small population of “shooters” who can afford to kill genetically mutated mega-bucks grown in pens try to defend their style of “hunting.” Those folks don’t have many allies here at the summit.
But the majority of folks here aren’t mad about what you might think. It’s not the shooting deer in a pen issue that’s of greatest concern. It’s the spread of disease, especially Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), that has everyone worried.
Kip Adams, a QDMA biologist, says captive deer are the biggest threat facing wild whitetails today.
“In Iowa, the first seven cases of CWD were related to captive deer and the first case came from a deer shot two hours after stepping off a truck,” Adams said.
CWD was discovered in 2002 in Wisconsin, making it the first state east of Mississippi to discover CWD. They wiped out massive populations of deer trying to eliminate the disease. Their efforts failed. Wisconsin is no longer in the disease management business, they are now disease monitoring business. There’s nothing they can do at this point.
“Every deer that gets CWD is going to die,” Adams said.
The top five captive deer facility states are all CWD states. Coincidence? What do you think?
cwd cases must be knee deep for aphis et al to offer indemnity for cwd herds.
BY paying indemnity to cwd game farmers et al, that’s not much of a deterrent to stop cwd, by paying them off when they get it, due to there own negligence i.e. cwd by captivity, environmental contamination by congregation, and interstate transportation there from, and or escapees into the wild.
cwd farms and livestock there from, they need to be shut down and quarantined for at least 7 to 10 years, and that may not be long enough, and it should be at the deer farmers expense. ...I’m just saying.
kind regards, terry
Monday, March 03, 2014
APHIS to Offer Indemnity for CWD Positive Herds as Part of Its Cervid Health Activities