PA Department of Agriculture investigating possible 2nd case of chronic wasting disease
Posted Nov 06 2012 11:05am
Chronic Wasting Disease Situation Report- November 2, 2012
Eight of the nine deer taken at Ronald Rutters’ farm have tested negative. The 9th one, 840003000162979, has a suspect positive lymph node and has been sent to National Veterinary Services in Ames, Iowa yesterday for confirmation.
As of today, the escaped deer with a pink 23 tag (RE) and a metal tag (LE) still has not been found. USDA-Wildlife Services are continuing to observe the site. Seven cameras are located on the premise and on the adjacent property.
Industry Task Force meeting was held this morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Commonwealth Room of the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA. PDA and Game Commission both gave an update on current tasks within each agency. Industry organizations were present to ask questions and voice concerns.
PDA press office has been continuing to monitor CWD articles in the news. PDA press office is working with reporters to correct false printed information.
As of today, CWD has not been found in the wild whitetail populations in Pennsylvania.
Current CWD Quarantines: 22 individuals, 29 premises/herd inventories
o 1491 New Chester Road, New Oxford, PA, Adams County
Bryan Rutters, Rut Acres
o 61 Pickett Road, Dover, PA, York County
o 295 Bremer Road, Dover, PA, York County
o 275 Bremer Road, Dover, PA, York County
Mike Schilling, Lost Mtn Whitetails
o 6464 Jacks Hollow Road, Williamsport, PA, Lycoming County
William Noll, Noll’s Whitetails
o 8029 Molly Pitcher Highway, Shippensburg, PA, Franklin County
Harry Eichelberger, Bud’s Place
o 5032 Eichelberger Lane, Spring Grove, PA, York County
Matthew Anthony, Anthony Whitetail Ranch
o 830 Woodel Road, Grampian, PA (Tested Herd, Untested Herd, HMP Herd), Clearfield County
o 1305 New Chester Road, New Oxford, PA, Adams County
Troy Luckenbaugh, Harvest Acres
o 170 Dicks Dam Road, New Oxford, PA, Adams County
Zachary N. Nelson, Cole Creek Whitetails
o 80 Bordell Cross Road, Smethport, PA, McKean County
o Kauffman, Bradly/Koser’s Whitetail Trophy II, 1309 Private Oak Lane, Shippensburg, PA, Cumberland County
o Koser’s Trophy Whitetails, 46 Springfield Road, Shippensburg, PA, Cumberland County
Garth Book, Book Whitetails’
o 240 Prospect Road, Sugarloaf, PA, Luzerne County
John Ficks, III, Nittany Mountain Hunting Preserve and Ficks Whitetails
o 2980 Millers Bottom Road, New Columbia, PA, Union County
Kenneth Erway, Spring Hollow Farms Pen 1 (Whitetail Country)
o 5914 Route 287, Wellsboro, PA, Tioga County
Larry Pittenger, Thunder Valley Whitetails
o 4733 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA, Lycoming County
o 1135 Carriage Road, Fairmont City, PA, Clarion County
John McAdam, Endless Mountain Whitetails
o 953 Old Bernice Road, Mildred, PA, Sullivan County
Josh Blyler, J & L Whitetails
o 7 Scenic Road, Klingerstown, PA (Tested Herd, Untested Herd), Schuylkill County
Denis Beachel, Power View Whitetails
o 390 Fairview Road, Danville, PA, Montour County
Travis Rhodes, Freedom Whitetails
o 694 Johnstown Road, East Freedom, PA, Blair County
Department of Agriculture investigating possible 2nd case of chronic wasting disease
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Updated 10 hours ago
Pennsylvania may have its second case of chronic wasting disease.
Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture expect to know by Tuesday or Wednesday whether a second animal from a captive deer farm in New Oxford, Adams County, had the disease.
Officials announced Oct. 11 that a 31⁄2-year-old doe from the deer farm had tested positive for wasting disease, also known as CWD. It’s an always-fatal ailment that affects deer, elk, moose and other cervids.
That case was the first documented in the state and prompted the department to euthanize eight of the nine deer left on the farm. Tissue samples from all were tested for CWD.
Tests revealed seven of those deer were negative for the disease. The eighth, though, came back as “suspect, which means we sent it off to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for confirmation,” said Matthew Meals, deputy secretary of the department.
If the “suspect” deer is confirmed as having wasting disease, it won’t lead to any immediate action, Meals said.
“It will not trigger anything different. From our records, it appears that the deer was born and raised on that facility, so nothing will change much,” he said.
But the situation remains fluid.
For starters, the ninth deer from that farm — bearing yellow ear tags and known as Pink 23 — escaped and remains free. Officials with the agriculture department are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Game Commission to capture it, and have put out trail cameras to look for it. But so far it’s escaped detection, Meals said.
The number of deer farms around the state under quarantine, because they’ve been connected to the New Oxford facility, has grown from the initial three to 21. What’s going to happen at those farms remains to be seen.
The state’s CWD response plan calls for quarantining any exposed “trace back herds” and recommends “euthanasia and treat test exposed cervid(s) received from the positive premise, with indemnity if possible.”
The department of agriculture will not euthanize all of the deer at each of those facilities as “general practice,” said Meals.
“It’s most likely that we’ll test only the animal or animals that linked them to the positive case in Adams County,” he said.
The department does not plan to pay farmers for deer that might be destroyed, though, added press secretary Samantha Krepps.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-838-5148