Sunday, January 06, 2013
USDA TO PGC ONCE CAPTIVES ESCAPE "it‘s no longer its business.”
Commission, sportsmen pay for fences around deer farm
Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013, 8:54 p.m. Updated 12 hours ago
Sportsmen have paid to keep wild deer from accessing a farm connected to the discovery of chronic wasting disease this past fall.
The bill, to rebuild fences, was not theirs to pay. But pay it they did, through the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The farm is located in York County. No wasting disease was found there. But it was one of the first four put under quarantine by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture because of its connection to an Adams County farm where the disease was discovered. The quarantine means, among other things, that fences are to be maintained so that wild deer cannot move onto the property and perhaps contract the disease.
The department of agriculture — in response to questions in a letter from the Pennsylvania federation of Sportsmen‘s Clubs — indicated re-fencing should occur. It said its quarantine order allows for criminal and civil penalties against deer farmers who don‘t live up to its mandates.
“This provides a very strong incentive to re-fence such areas,” its letter to the Federation reads.
But with no fences rebuilt months after the disease‘s discovery and no indication that they would be any time soon, the Game Commission decided it couldn‘t wait any longer. It paid to re-fence the farm in an attempt to protect wild deer.
“We would have waited a long, long time ... putting free-roaming deer at risk,” said Cal DuBrock, director of the commission‘s bureau of wildlife management. “It was an investment worth making.”
Commission executive director Carl Roe did not say how much money the agency spent, but said “it was an expense.”
In the meantime, the commission is taking a more aggressive approach to dealing with escaped deer.
Two such animals got loose from deer farms this fall. The department of agriculture — again, to the consternation of the Federation — did not notify the public of the escapes. It explained its silence by saying that once a deer is outside a fence, whether it got there intentionally or not, it‘s no longer its business.
“The department … defers to the Game Commission once a deer is considered wild or free ranging,” reads its letter to the Federation. Because such escapes are “numerous” in any given year, DuBrock said, the commission has asked the agriculture department to immediately notify executive director Carl Roe, DuBrock and veterinarian Walt Cottrell of them. From there, wildlife conservation officers have the green light to shoot those deer as soon as safely possible “and figure out the ownership later,” DuBrock said.
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“Two such animals got loose from deer farms this fall. The department of agriculture — again, to the consternation of the Federation — did not notify the public of the escapes. It explained its silence by saying that once a deer is outside a fence, whether it got there intentionally or not, it‘s no longer its business.”
LIKE I said before, the only reason that the shooting pen owners want the USDA et al as stewards of that industry, it’s the lack of oversight by the USDA to regulate them properly, thus, CWD will spread further. this is just another fine example of just that $$$
THE states are going to have to regulate how many farms that are allowed, or every state in the USA will wind up being just one big private fenced in game farm. kind of like they did with the shrimping industry in the bays, when there got to be too many shrimp boats, you stop issuing permits, and then lower the exist number of permits, by not renewing them, due to reduced permits issued.
how many states have $465,000., and can quarantine and purchase there from, each cwd said infected farm, but how many states can afford this for all the cwd infected cervid game ranch type farms ???
11,000 game farms X $465,000., do all these game farms have insurance to pay for this risk of infected the wild cervid herds, in each state ???
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD WISCONSIN Almond Deer (Buckhorn Flats) Farm Update DECEMBER 2011
The CWD infection rate was nearly 80%, the highest ever in a North American captive herd.
RECOMMENDATION: That the Board approve the purchase of 80 acres of land for $465,000 for the Statewide Wildlife Habitat Program in Portage County and approve the restrictions on public use of the site.
Form 1100-001 (R 2/11) NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD AGENDA ITEM
SUBJECT: Information Item: Almond Deer Farm Update
FOR: DECEMBER 2011 BOARD MEETING TUESDAY TO BE PRESENTED BY TITLE: Tami Ryan, Wildlife Health Section Chief
Monday, January 16, 2012
9 GAME FARMS IN WISCONSIN TEST POSITIVE FOR CWD
see full text and more here ;
Thursday, February 09, 2012
50 GAME FARMS IN USA INFECTED WITH CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE
Volume 18, Number 3—March 2012
Samuel E. Saunders1, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, and Jason C. Bartz
Author affiliations: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (S.E. Saunders, S.L. Bartelt-Hunt); Creighton University, Omaha (J.C. Bartz)
Occurrence, Transmission, and Zoonotic Potential of Chronic Wasting Disease
CWD has been identified in free-ranging cervids in 15 US states and 2 Canadian provinces and in ≈100 captive herds in 15 states and provinces and in South Korea (Figure 1, panel B).
Most epidemiologic studies and experimental work have suggested that the potential for CWD transmission to humans is low, and such transmission has not been documented through ongoing surveillance (2,3). In vitro prion replication assays report a relatively low efficiency of CWD PrPSc-directed conversion of human PrPc to PrPSc (30), and transgenic mice overexpressing human PrPc are resistant to CWD infection (31); these findings indicate low zoonotic potential. However, squirrel monkeys are susceptible to CWD by intracerebral and oral inoculation (32). Cynomolgus macaques, which are evolutionarily closer to humans than squirrel monkeys, are resistant to CWD infection (32). Regardless, the finding that a primate is orally susceptible to CWD is of concern...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Pennsylvania Confirms First Case CWD Adams County Captive Deer Tests Positive
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
PENNSYLVANIA 2012 THE GREAT ESCAPE OF CWD
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10:44 PM Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11:33 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
PA Captive deer from CWD-positive farm roaming free
Friday, August 31, 2012
COMMITTEE ON CAPTIVE WILDLIFE AND ALTERNATIVE LIVESTOCK and CWD 2009-2012 a review
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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