Sunday, October 04, 2009


2009 Summary of Chronic Wasting Disease in New Mexico New Mexico Department of Game and Fish


During the 2008 hunting season, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (DGF) confirmed new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in two mule deer harvested on McGregor Range during a military hunt and in another deer harvested on private land situated between the town of Timberon and McGregor Range. A number of CWD infected deer have originated from the area in and around Timberon where deer are numerous and concentrated. These cases are south of the Sacramento Mountains and might represent some expansion of the disease. All hunters were notified by telephone. During late February, 2009, and elk with clinical symptoms consistent with CWD was collected on the Rio Penasco in the Sacramento Mountains. This elk was subsequently confirmed to be in the advanced states of CWD, and is the third elk in New Mexico confirmed with CWD. The previous two elk with CWD were detected in 2005 within 10 miles of this case.


To date, New Mexico has confirmed CWD in 25 mule deer and 3 elk since CWD was first detected in 2002. CWD seems to be centered in the Organ/San Andres Mountain complex and in the Sacramento Mountains with cases radiating outward. Of all confirmed CWD cases, 17 have come from Game Management Unit (GMU) 19, 8 from GMU 34, and 3 from GMU 28. ...

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Rio Penasco

SEE CLOSE PROXIMENTY OF Timberon, NM, to Texas Border ;

NOW, compare to CWD sampling in area of CWD spreading south to Texas and NM border here ;

IS and or HAS Texas really been looking for CWD ??? or is it kinda like the Texas BSE mad cow triple SSS policy ???

you be the judge.

Texas would not know if they had CWD, if it were spreading from this area, in my opinion.

PLUS, stupidity and greed like this does not helps us. see also;

CWD Update 90a March 10, 2008 Miscellaneous The following press release was issued by the United States Department of Justice on 2/26/08:


TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have pleaded guilty to illegally importing wildlife into in the Eastern District of Texas. ROBERT LAWRENCE EICHENOUR, 51, of Bedias, Texas and BRIAN BECKER, 37, of Madelia, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to the charges today before United States Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush. According to information presented in court, Eichenour and Becker arranged for the secret purchase and sale of whitetail deer, after which they were transported in interstate commerce into Texas and to the Circle E Ranch, owned by Eichenour. The importation and the possession of deer acquired from an out-of-state source are prohibited by both state and federal law because of the risk of disease transmission. The defendants each face up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $20,000.00 at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set. This case is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shamoil Shipchandler.


----- Original Message -----

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 1:47 PM
Subject: CWD in New Mexico 35 MILES FROM TEXAS BORDER and low testing sampling figures -- what gives TAHC ???

THREE NEW CASES OF CWD were announced in this same location this month ;. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 7, 2006:. 3 SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO DEER TEST POSITIVE FOR ...

Subject: Fw: CWD in New Mexico 35 MILES FROM TEXAS BORDER and low testing sampling figures -- what gives TAHC ???
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:03:19 -0600 Content-Type: text/plain Parts/Attachments: text/plain (1911 lines)

----- Original Message -----

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 1:47 PM
Subject: CWD in New Mexico 35 MILES FROM TEXAS BORDER and low testing sampling figures -- what gives TAHC ???
Subject: CWD in New Mexico 35 MILES FROM TEXAS BORDER and low testing sampling figures -- what gives TAHC ???
Date: December 23, 2006 at 11:25 am PST

Greetings BSE-L members,

i never know if i am going crazy or just more of the same BSe. several years ago i brought up the fact to the TAHC that CWD was literally at the Texas borders and that the sample size for cwd testing was no where near enough in the location of that zone bordering NM. well, i just wrote them another letter questioning this again on Dec. 14, 2006 (see below) and showed them two different pdf maps, one referencing this url, which both worked just fine then. since then, i have NOT received a letter from them answering my question, and the url for the map i used as reference is no longer working? i had reference this map several times from the hunter-kill cwd sampling as of 31 August 2005 pdf which NO longer works now??? but here are those figures for that zone bordering NM, for those that were questioning the url. the testing samples elsewhere across Texas where much much more than that figure in the zone bordering NM where CWD has been documented bordering TEXAS, near the White Sands Missile Range. SO, why was the Texas hunter-kill cwd sampling as of 31 August 2005 document removed from the internet??? you know, this reminds me of the infamous TEXAS MAD COW that i documented some 7 or 8 months before USDA et al documented it, when the TAHC accidentally started ramping up for the announcement on there web site, then removed it (see history at bottom). i am not screaming conspiracy here, but confusious is confused again on the ciphering there using for geographical distribution of cwd tissue sample size survey, IF they are serious about finding CWD in TEXAS. common sense would tell you if cwd is 35 miles from the border, you would not run across state and have your larger samples there, and least samples 35 miles from where is what found..........daaa..........TSS

THEN NOTICE CWD sample along that border in TEXAS, Three Year Summary of Hunter-Kill CWD sampling as of 31 August 2005 of only 191 samples, then compare to the other sample locations ;,+2005&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=3

TPWD has been conducting surveys of hunter-kill animals since 2002 and has collected more than 7300 samples (as of 31 August 2005). In total, there have been over 9400 samples, both hunter-kill and private samples, tested in Texas to date, and no positives have been found.

SO, out of a total of 9,400 samples taken for CWD surveillance in TEXAS since 2002 of both hunter-kill and private kill, ONLY 191 samples have been taken in the most likely place one would find CWD i.e. the border where CWD has been documented at TEXAS and New Mexico

latest map NM cwd old data

CWD in New Mexico ;

What is the Department doing to

prevent the spread of CWD?

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently

detected in a mule deer from

Unit 34. Until 2005, CWD had only been found

in Unit 19. With this discovery, the Department

will increase its surveillance of deer and elk

harvested in Units 29, 30 and 34.

Lymph nodes and/or brain stems from every

harvested deer and brain stems from all elk

taken in Unit 34 will be sampled.



IMPLEMENTATION OF A GEOGRAPHICALLY FOCUSED CWD SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM FOR FREE-RANGING CERVIDS A geographically-focused free-ranging cervid Monitoring Program was implemented during the fall 2002 deer-hunting season. Brain stem samples from hunter-killed deer will be obtained from TPWD Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), State Parks, and where otherwise available with hunter and/or landowner permission, from deer taken on private land. Volume 1, Sixth Edition of United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, Regulatory Statistics (Appendix D1) indicates that 148 samples is sufficient to detect disease at two per-cent prevalence, regardless of the population size. Therefore the goal is to acquire 148 samples from each of the State's ten ecoregions provided adequate sampling distribution is achieved across each ecoregion. The five year 2002 -2006, goal is to cumulatively collect 459 samples from each of the ten ecoregions. The cumulative sample would be used statistically to detect CWD at one per-cent prevalence level with 99 per-cent confidence. However, funding from APHIS/USDA could provide the necessary funds for sampling at the one per-cent prevalence level each year. TAHC conducted a risk assessment of counties where deer and elk have been imported and where high densities of free-ranging deer occur. The assessment was conducted for USDA funding consideration. The risk assessment was based on limited number of criteria. Since CWD could potentially occur anywhere in Texas, monitoring efforts would be focused to achieve a stratified sampling scheme across each ecoregion of the State.

Confidentiality laws restrict the type of data TPWD personnel can collect as it relates to a specific parcel of land. Therefore, personnel will ensure that no property specific information is collected (i.e. ranch name or exact location) without the landowner's written permission. The following are guidelines for data and sample collection distributed to TPWD personnel prior to sample collection:

A Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Accession Form must be submitted with brain stem samples. The most important items to be filled out are the TPWD employee name, address and phone number, and "Patient/Deer ID". County of Kill can be recorded on the bottom of the form, but DO NOT report any information that identifies the specific parcel of land. The "Patient/Deer ID" number MUST BE specific to the field data sheet the employee is using to record data. Specific CWD field data sheets will not be provided, as current field data sheets (i.e. Age/Weight Antler Data Sheets, Hunter Check Station Data Sheets, etc.) will be appropriate in most cases. Field staff may produce their own CWD data sheet if necessary. The field data sheet must contain: Employee Name Sample Number (same as Patient/Deer ID on TVMDL Accession Form Sample Date Deer Age Deer Sex County of Kill Hunter Name Hunting License Number Ranch name or tract name/location ONLY with landowner permission. Should a CWD positive be detected, TAHC will use hunter contact information to conduct CWD investigation under their regulatory authority. Make sure the container containing the brain stem sample is legibly identified with the sample number, deer age and sex, county of kill and date. Although the sample number is all that is needed, additional information will help resolve any problems should batches of samples be combined. Should a landowner retain deer heads for our sampling purposes, remind the landowner to issue the hunters a proof of sex document as provided for in TAHC 65.10 (c). In addition, a Wildlife resource document (PWD 905) must accompany the head until the carcass reaches a final destination and finally processed. Samples MAY NOT be taken from legally harvested deer without the hunter's consent.

ACTIONS SHOULD A CWD POSITIVE BE DETECTED Should sampling detect a CWD positive animal, TAHC and TPWD would activate the Media Response Plan (Appendix F). TAHC and TPWD would immediately begin review of the information at hand and determine the action to be taken within the Response Plan (Appendix C.) The first action should be to inform landowners adjacent to the property containing the CWD positive and hold a meeting with advisory committees and affected landowner to discuss plans for secondary sampling. Planning for secondary sampling, investigating movements of deer into and away from property for further actions would then be the next step. The secondary sampling is critical for determining distribution and prevalence of the disease.

As distribution and prevalence is being determined, information review and discussions with TPWD advisory committees (e.g., Private Lands Advisory Board, Hunting Advisory Committee, White-tailed Deer Advisory Committee etc.) and landowners would take place in order to determine the appropriate management action to be taken.

and the discovery of several CWD positive mule deer in New Mexico, approximately 35 miles north of the Texas border were well out of the known boundaries of the disease.

The disease prevalence appears to be increasing in localized areas, although it is not clear whether this is due to increased incidence, or increased surveillance, reporting, and testing. Information from states with direct experience in managing CWD is being used for developing Texas plans as we learn from their experiences.

TPWD and TAHC are developing stepped up targeted and geographically-focused surveillance plans to monitor free-ranging deer for the presence of the disease and a rapid response plan to guide both TPWD and TAHC should CWD be detected in the State. TPWD and TAHC are also evaluating cervid management laws, rules, and policies for free ranging and scientific breeder permitted cervids under their authority to identify issues and potential weaknesses related to disease management. In these efforts, TPWD and TAHC will work with other agencies and organizations responsible for or are concerned about cervid disease management in an attempt to ensure comprehensive approaches to effective management of CWD risks (see Appendix C: Importation of Susceptible Cervids).

----- Original Message -----

From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:52 PM
Subject: cwd at Texas border and low sampling figures ???

Greetings TAHC,

can someone please explain to me any reasoning at all for the very low sampling for CWD which have been taken where CWD is literally right at the steps of one of Texas borders, but yet across the state elsewhere, the numbers for testing increases ???

i do not understand the low sampling for cwd size where it is at our borders, compared to the highter numbers elsewhere???

see Texas hunter kill sample for CWD to Aug 31, 2005

see map where CWD has been documented at Texas border in free ranging deer and elk

kind regards,




Date: July 10, 2006 at 8:51 am PST

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Experimental oral transmission of CWD to red deer (Cervus elaphus elaphus): early detection and late stage distribution of protease-resistant protein

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Validation of Use of Rectoanal Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue for Immunohistochemical Diagnosis of Chronic Wasting Disease in White-Tailed Deer


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