Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wisconsin Hunters will again be able to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease CWD

September 24, 2013
Wisconsin Hunters will again be able to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease CWD
Hunters will again be able to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease MADISON – State wildlife officials will again be testing white-tail deer shot by hunters this fall for chronic wasting disease in a continuing effort to monitor the status and spread of the disease in Wisconsin.


The Department of Natural Resources will be testing deer from within and outside of the CWD management zone in south central and southeastern Wisconsin. The sampling strategies are aimed at detecting changes in the location and trends in prevalence of the disease. The plan focuses surveillance on adult deer – which are most likely to have the disease -- along the outer fringe of the CWD management zone.



Click to view large map of CWD Management Zone


“The testing is provided as a service to hunters but it is also an important tool for monitoring the disease,” said Tim Marien, a DNR wildlife health biologist.


Samples will be taken from adult deer shot in an established monitoring area that include parts of Dane, Iowa, Rock and Walworth counties areas, and within an 84 square-mile area that encompasses Devil’s Lake State Park.


“Sampling deer from these areas where there has been long-term monitoring of disease patterns is important to understanding the dynamics of this disease,” Marien said. Biologists will also solicit voluntary sampling from deer shot within the CWD management zone in Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Green, and western Rock counties.


Outside of the CWD management zone, sampling will be focused around where a deer tested positive for the disease in Washburn County in northwestern Wisconsin and around where deer tested positive for CWD in Juneau, Adams, Portage, and Waukesha counties. The Deer Trustee Report completed last year noted that assessing the extent and distribution is a critical first step in dealing with the disease and should be accomplished as soon as possible.


In addition, testing will continue this year in the areas of Jackson and Sawyer counties that are being considered for potential elk range expansion.


“This is the second year of sampling in this area, where so far we have not detected the disease,” Marien said.


The department will accept deer from anywhere within the CWD-MZ at hunters’ request but will not solicit samples from fawns or areas that do not provide data for surveillance.


“We will also continue to test deer from outside the CWD-MZ that are brought by hunters to sampling stations.” Marien said


All sampling stations are currently open or will be open by mid-October. People can find sampling stations by searching the DNR website for keyword “CWD,” and then clicking on the link for “registration and sampling.” Hunters should call stations in advance to verify hours of operation.


Samples will also be collected from select taxidermists in Vernon, Crawford, and Dodge counties. These taxidermists will sample older bucks which have the highest prevalence of CWD in the wild. DNR staff will also solicit voluntary samples from adult deer the weekend of Nov. 23-24 in these counties.


A map of the 2013 Sampling Plan [PDF] is available on the DNR website.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Marien, 608-264-6046





Monday, September 16, 2013


CWD Wisconsin Updated on 9-16-2013 : Item 3C3 - related to deer management, hunting, and implementation of the 2012 White-tailed Deer Trustee’s Report




Thursday, June 13, 2013






Saturday, February 04, 2012


Wisconsin 16 MONTH age limit on testing dead deer Game Farm CWD Testing Protocol Needs To Be Revised




Monday, January 16, 2012






see full text and more here ;






There were 26 reported escape incidents so far this year, this amounted to 20 actual confirmed escape incidents because 3 were previously reported, 2 were confirmed as wild deer, and 1 incident was not confirmed. ... snip... C. & D. Captive Cervid and Law Enforcement Update (11:10 AM)- Warden Pete Dunn gave the captive cervid farm update. There were 26 reported escape incidents so far this year, this amounted to 20 actual confirmed escape incidents because 3 were previously reported, 2 were confirmed as wild deer, and 1 incident was not confirmed. Approximately 30% of these escapes were caused by gates being left open and the other 70% resulted from bad fencing or fence related issues. The 20 actual confirmed escape incidents amounted to 77 total animals. 50 of the escaped animals were recovered or killed and 27 were not recovered and remain unaccounted for. Last year the CWD Committee passed a resolution to require double gates, but this has not gone into effect yet. Questions were raised by the committee about double fencing requirements? Pete responded that double fencing has not been practical or accepted by the industry. The DNR has the authority to do fence inspections. ?If a fence fails to pass the inspection the fencing certificate can be revoked and the farmer can be issued a citation. This year three citations and one warning have been issued for escapes. Pete reviewed the reporting requirements for escape incidents that these must be reported within 24 hours. The farmer then has 72 hours to recover the animals or else it will affect the farm’s herd status and ability to move animals. Davin proposed in the 15 year CWD Plan that the DNR take total control and regulatory authority over all deer farm fencing. Larry Gohlke asked Pete about the reliability for reporting escapes? Pete said that the majority of escapes were reported by the farmer, but it is very difficult to determine when an escape actually occurred. Pete said that they are more concerned that an escape is reported and not that it is reported at the exact time that it happened.




The Wisconsin DNR has issued a report on the results of an audit of the deer farms in their state. This is a very interesting report and sheds light on the operation of these facilities. A couple of interesting findings is that DNR investigators documented the escape of 436 deer into the wild from game farms. These escapes are from approximately 1/3 of the deer facilities in the state. Additionally, several cash transactions were uncovered where the required shipping tags were not used and record keeping ranged from very meticulous to trying to rely on memory. At one facility, investigators found partially burnt records in a trashcan. The complete report can be downloaded at:



Attempts in the legislature of Montana to negate or change the citizen vote to ban game farms continue. Previously, several bills to overturn the ban had been introduced or discussed. Citizen response has been to maintain the ban. Current efforts are to provide a buy out to the operators of the remaining facilities. The latest bill, introduced by Representative Jim Peterson would provide funds to pay farmers up to $6,000 per animal. The bill will be heard in the Montana Agriculture Committee, which has been friendly to operators in the past.




In brief, the audits revealed:


• The majority of whitetail deer farm fences were in compliance with state laws;


however, 77 farms were found to be in violation of fence specifications. As with any other problem, violations were handled on a case by case basis taking into account all of the circumstances.


• Deer farms contained at least 16,070 deer.


• Most deer farmers reported they have not experienced problems with escapes; however, 182 deer farmers reported escapes or intentional releases into the wild.


• Deer farmers reported at least 436 escaped deer that had not been recovered or returned to farms.


• Twenty-four deer farms were unlicensed.


• Records maintained by deer farm operators ranged from meticulous documentation to relying on memory.


• Wardens discovered a variety of law violations during the course of the audit and inspection process, some of which they did not have jurisdiction to pursue.


• Tracking of individual deer without individual identification was almost impossible.


• Over the past three years at least 1,222 deer died on deer farms due to various reasons. Disease testing was not performed nor required on the majority of deer.





Thursday, February 09, 2012






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 ???



Tuesday, December 20, 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.







Wednesday, September 04, 2013


cwd - cervid captive livestock escapes, loose and on the run in the wild...





*** The potential impact of prion diseases on human health was greatly magnified by the recognition that interspecies transfer of BSE to humans by beef ingestion resulted in vCJD. While changes in animal feed constituents and slaughter practices appear to have curtailed vCJD, there is concern that CWD of free-ranging deer and elk in the U.S. might also cross the species barrier. Thus, consuming venison could be a source of human prion disease. Whether BSE and CWD represent interspecies scrapie transfer or are newly arisen prion diseases is unknown. Therefore, the possibility of transmission of prion disease through other food animals cannot be ruled out. There is evidence that vCJD can be transmitted through blood transfusion. There is likely a pool of unknown size of asymptomatic individuals infected with vCJD, and there may be asymptomatic individuals infected with the CWD equivalent. These circumstances represent a potential threat to blood, blood products, and plasma supplies.





Sunday, July 21, 2013


*** As Chronic Wasting Disease CWD rises in deer herd, what about risk for humans?









Sunday, August 25, 2013


Prion2013 Chronic Wasting Disease CWD risk factors, humans, domestic cats, blood, and mother to offspring transmission




Friday, August 09, 2013


CWD TSE prion, plants, vegetables, and the potential for environmental contamination




Thursday, August 08, 2013


Characterization of the first case of naturally occurring chronic wasting disease in a captive red deer (Cervus elaphus) in North America




Sunday, September 01, 2013


hunting over gut piles and CWD TSE prion disease




Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Review and Updates of the USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) National Chronice Wasting Disease (CWD) Program 2012-2013





kind regards, terry


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