Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Arkansas One elk from 2016 regular season tests positive for CWD

Arkansas One elk from 2016 regular season tests positive for CWD

One elk from 2016 regular season tests positive for CWD

JASPER – One elk from the 52 taken so far in 2016 has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The elk, harvested in southwestern Searcy County on private land, was a 2.5-year old bull taken during the elk management assistance program quota hunt.

According to Wes Wright, elk program coordinator, all samples from the public land hunts... were found to have no evidence of CWD. The AGFC is still waiting on results from all other samples taken from the eight elk harvested outside the core elk zone.

“This is only the sixth elk which tested positive in the state since the initial detection of the disease in Arkansas,” Wright said. “We’ve sampled more than 40 target elk since February that looked sick, and 52 from the 2016 hunting season, and the prevalence of CWD within the elk herd appears to be extremely low.”

The results have Wright in good spirits because the prevalence remains low in the elk herd.

“Obviously, we didn’t want it in Arkansas at all, but it was really only a matter of time,” Wright said. “But the very low prevalence of the disease in the elk herd is much better news than we anticipated going into the season.”

The hunter who harvested the CWD-positive elk has been notified of the test results.

CWD is a neurological disease that’s part of a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Once in a host’s body, prions transform normal cellular protein into abnormal shapes that accumulate until the cell ceases to function. As the brains of infected animals degenerate, they lose weight, lose their appetite and develop an insatiable thirst. They tend to stay away from herds, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate and grind their teeth.

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9. Increase private lands EMAP antlerless elk quota Code: A1.09, C1.15 Justification:

The most recent aerial elk survey data indicates that there are over 600 elk known alive in Arkansas. The elk management strategy has been to harvest approximately 10% of the standing crop, annually. The average harvest for the past two elk seasons has been 50 elk. Additionally, AGFC employees have collected over 25 elk for disease surveillance purposes, but this also has served as a management strategy. The herd can sustain additional antlerless harvest and population levels should be stabilized as more information is gathered regarding CWD in Arkansas.

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