Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wisconsin Two deer that escaped farm had chronic wasting disease CWD

Two deer that escaped farm had chronic wasting disease
Three white-tailed deer groom in a southeastern Wisconsin clearing in early summer 2015.
Paul A. Smith
Three white-tailed deer groom in a southeastern Wisconsin clearing in early summer 2015.
By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 10, 2016 5:52 p.m.
Two white-tailed deer that escaped last year and spent months outside an Eau Claire County deer farm were found to have chronic wasting disease, according to information recently obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The bucks each spent more than five months roaming the rural area around Fairchild before being shot and tested.
The escaped, CWD-positive animals have greatly increased the risk of disease in the area's wild deer, said Dave Clausen of Amery, a retired veterinarian and former chairman of the state Natural Resources Board.
"Those (CWD-positive) deer likely contaminated and spread prion across the landscape," Clausen said. "Basically it demonstrates a single fence is not much protection for wild deer."
The two CWD-positive deer escaped May 2 from Fairchild Whitetails, a deer farm owned by Rick Vojtik.
But the farm didn't garner headlines until June when a CWD-positive doe was found on the property.
In September, more animals escaped while the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection was working on a plan to depopulate the facility. Fairchild Whitetails had 228 deer in a 10-acre enclosure, according to the department; 33 tested positive for CWD, a fatal disease of deer, elk and moose.
Vojtik eventually received an indemnity payment of $298,770 when the deer were killed last fall by state and federal agents. The money was taken from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's general program revenue funded by Wisconsin taxpayers.
But no public official reported CWD-positive deer from Vojtik's farm had been found outside the facility.
Last week, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection representatives responded to questions from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about CWD testing on the escaped animals.
The CWD-positive bucks were among 21 deer that escaped last May when a tree fell on the fence surrounding the facility, according to the agency.
All but five animals were returned to the pen. Two bucks and one doe were shot outside the facility and tested negative for CWD.
But the other two — both males about 11/2 years old — tested positive for the disease. One was killed Oct. 6, the other Nov. 24.
The deer shot Oct. 6 was killed about 1 mile from the breeding pen. The agency did not have information on where the other animal was killed. The buck had the potential to travel many miles during the rut, which typically peaks in early to mid-November.
The disease finding on Vojtik's farm triggered a deer baiting and feeding ban in Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties.
To date, no wild deer in Eau Claire or surrounding counties has tested positive for CWD.
Clausen said it will "be a miracle" if CWD isn't found in wild deer in Eau Claire County in the coming years.
"State officials are falling well short on their responsibilities, both to provide the public with information on these disease findings and on any efforts to stop it from spreading," Clausen said.
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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.
$298,770 + $465,000
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***INDIANA With end of long legal challenge last year, high-fence hunting operations currently unregulated
see follow the money...
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*** Report of the Committee on Wildlife Diseases FY2015 CWD TSE PRION Detections in Farmed Cervids and Wild ***
the CWD LOTTO ENTITLEMENT of captive game farms where the states pays game farms for CWD MUST BE STOPPED. if the cwd infected farm does not buy insurance for any and all loss from CWD for them and any party that does business with them, and or any loss to the state, and or any products there from, that’s to bad, they should never be allowed to be permitted. in fact, for any state that does allow game farming, urine mills, sperm mills, antler mills, velvet mills, big high fence ranch, little low fence farm, in my opinion, it’s that states responsibility to protect that state, thus, any states that allow these farms and business there from, it should be mandatory before any permit is allowed, that game farm must have enough personal insurance that would cover that farm, any farm that does business with them, and or any products there from, and the state, before such permit is issued. personally, I am sick and tired of all the big ag entitlement programs, and that’s all cwd indemnity is. in fact, the USDA CWD INDEMNITY PROGRAM, should read, THE USDA CWD ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM.
we cannot, and must not, let the industry regulate itself, especially with the junk science they try to use. it’s just not working, and it’s been going on long enough.
if they are not going to be science based, they must be banned.
science has told us for 3 decade or longer, that these are the things that _might_ work, yet thanks to the industry, and government catering to industry, regulations there from have failed, because of catering to the industry, and the cwd tse prion agent has continued to spread during this time. a fine example is Texas. ...
snip...see full text submission ;
Saturday, February 6, 2016
*** Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Meeting [Docket No. APHIS-2016-0007] Singeltary Submission ***
Terry S. Singeltary Sr.


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