Disease of Deer Information

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), evidence indicates the disease originated in Fort Collins, Colorado, during the 1960's when wild deer were penned in a research facility next to sheep with scrapie, a related prion disease.  Deer at the facility showed signs of the illness in 1967.  CWD was first identified in 1978 at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Sybile Research Unit at Wheatland, a facility that had traded deer with Fort Collins. The disease has spread from these locations.  Recently discovered in Norway, concluded to have resulted from the transport of deer.

Research

JA Moreno, GC Telling - Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, 2017
... The unparalleled efficiency of the contagious transmission of the disease combined with high densities of deer in certain areas of North America complicates strategies for controlling CWD and raises concerns about its potential spread to new species. Because there is a high prevalence of CWD in deer and elk, which are commonly hunted and consumed by humans, the possibility of zoonotic transmission is particularly concerning.  ...

... Eradicating CWD appears infeasible given its extensive distribution and other epidemiological attributes ...  two important motivations for making progress toward sustainable containment and control strategies for CWD in the coming decades: First, data from several sources suggest that heavily-infected cervid populations will not thrive in the long-term. Second, data on CWD prions and experience with other animal prion diseases suggest minimizing human exposure to these agents is prudent...

A Ricci, A Allende, D Bolton, M Chemaly, R Davies… - EFSA Journal, 2017
... In April and May of 2016, Norway confirmed two cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild reindeer and a wild moose, respectively. This was the first time CWD had been detected in Europe and the first natural case in reindeer in the world. ...  it was concluded that the most likely pathway of introduction of CWD into the EU is the movement of live cervids, the current derogations of Article 2.2 of the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1918 present a risk of introduction of CWD into the EU. The probability of introduction of CWD into and spread within the EU associated with the movement of live cervids for direct slaughter is considered to be lower than situations in which live animals are translocated for other purposes..,

Model Forecasting of the Impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease on the Jackson Elk Herd NL Galloway, RJ Monello, D Brimeyer, E Cole… - 2017
... Analysis ... indicating a decline in elk numbers over time... Given that the modeled
effects were based on a smaller and presumably less concentrated elk population, CWD may lead to higher disease prevalence and larger impacts of CWD on the population growth rate due to crowded herds returning annually to the same location, as occurs on some feedgrounds...

... We compiled 1571 necropsy reports of free ranging roe deer examined at the Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health in Switzerland from 1958 to 2014. Descriptive data analysis was performed considering animal metadata, submitter, pathologist in charge, laboratory methods, morphological diagnoses and etiologies. Recurrent causes of mortality and disease pictures included pneumonia, diarrhea, meningoencephalitis, actinomycosis, blunt trauma, predation, neoplasms and anomalies. By contrast, other diagnoses such as fatal parasitic gastritis, suspected alimentary intoxication and reproductive disorders appeared only in earlier time periods ...

Control of bovine tuberculosis in a farmed red deer herd in England  F Busch, F Bannerman, S Liggett, F Griffin, J Clarke… - Veterinary Record, 2017
   This report describes how Mycobacterium bovis infection was controlled and eventually eradicated in a farmed red deer herd in the north of England, following sustained tuberculin skin testing supplemented with serological (antibody) tests over a period of approximately two years.  ...

Horizontal Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in Reindeer [PDF] 2016, Alaska, SJ Moore, R Kunkle, MHW Greenlee, E Nicholson…
... In 2005, we challenged reindeer fawns from a farm in Alaska, USA, where CWD had never been reported, by intracranial inoculation (7) with pooled brain material from CWD affected elk from South Dakota (CWDelk), CWD-affected mule deer from Wyoming (CWDmd), or CWD from whitetailed deer from Wisconsin combined with brain material from experimentally challenged white-tailed deer (CWDwtd) ... Reindeer were susceptible to chronic wasting disease regardless of source species. Horizontal transmission occurred through direct contact or indirectly through the environment...

... We have adapted the real-time quaking induced conversion (RT-QuIC) assay, a sensitive in vitro prion amplification method, for pre-clinical detection of prion seeding activity in elk feces. Testing fecal samples from orally inoculated elk taken at various time points post infection revealed early shedding and detectable prion seeding activity throughout the disease course.  Early shedding was also found in two elk encoding a PrP genotype associated with reduced susceptibility for CWD. In summary, we suggest that detection of CWD prions in feces by RT-QuIC may become a useful tool to support CWD surveillance in wild and captive cervids...

... The recent discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in captive deer facilities in Texas has increased concern about the potential emergence of CWD in free-ranging deer. The concern is exacerbated because much of the South Texas region is a semi-arid environment with variable rainfall, where precipitation is strongly correlated with fawn recruitment.  ... Deer populations in variable environments rely on high adult survivorship to buffer the low and erratic fawn recruitment rates. The increase in additive mortality rates for adults via CWD negatively impacted simulated population trends to the extent that hunter opportunity would be greatly reduced...

     Chronic wasting disease may have long-term negative effects on white-tailed deer, a highly visible and economically valuable keystone species, according to a new study from the USGS and published in Ecology...

USDA Confirms New World Screwworm Cases in Big Pine Key October 3, 2016 Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
     The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer from a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida. USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirms this is a local infestation of New World screwworm. This is the first local infestation in the United States in more than 30 years. In response to this infestation, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County [  893.36 KB ], Florida. More information on the screwworm is available at FreshFromFlorida.com.

Associations among Habitat Characteristics and Meningeal Worm Prevalence in Eastern South Dakota  CN Jacques, JA Jenks, RW Klaver, SA Dubay - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2016
...   in white-tailed deer ...  Probability of meningeal worm infection increased by 1.3- and 1.6-fold for each 1-cm and 1-C increase in summer precipitation and spring temperature, respectively. Similarly, probability of infection increased 1.2-fold for each 1% increase in wetland habitat. Our findings highlight the importance of wetland habitat in predicting meningeal worm infection across eastern South Dakota ...

... The eradication of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis, from cattle in many locations worldwide is complicated by endemic foci of the disease in free-ranging wildlife. Recent simulation modeling of the bTB outbreak in white-tailed deer (WTD) in Michigan, USA, suggests current management is unlikely to eradicate bTB from the core outbreak area (DMU 452) within the next three decades...

Localized removal affects white‐tailed deer space use and contacts  MI Tosa, EM Schauber, CK Nielsen - The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2016
... We monitored space use and contacts among adult female and juvenile deer in southern Illinois during 2011–2014; midway through each study season, we removed all members except 1 collared deer from centrally located groups and left control groups intact. After group removal, remnant adult females shortened duration of contacts with neighboring groups, whereas remnant juveniles responded with greater shifts in space use and appeared to join neighboring groups ...

SL Benestad, G Mitchell, M Simmons, B Ytrehus… - Veterinary Research, 2016
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal contagious prion disease in cervids that is
enzootic in some areas in North America. The disease has been found in deer, elk and moose in the USA and Canada, and in South Korea following the importation of infected animals. ... Until now a low number of cervids, and among them a few reindeer, have been tested for CWD in Norway. Therefore the prevalence of CWD is unknown...

Effects of repeated comparative intradermal tuberculin testing on test results: a longitudinal study in TB-free red deer  A Che-Amat, MÁ Risalde, D González-Barrio, JA Ortíz… - BMC Veterinary Research, 2016
... Repeated comparative skin testing at six month intervals did not cause progressive increments in skin test responsiveness or antibody production. Specifically, we observed no loss of the skin test response to bPPD and also no progressive loss of the boosting effect in the ELISA responses. However, we recorded increases through time in the antibody levels against avian mycobacterial antigens, possibly due to the progressive exposure to MAP or to other cross-reacting environmental mycobacteria...

... CWD-positive deer were 4.5 times more likely to die annually than CWD-negative deer while bucks were 1.7 times more likely to die than does. Population λ was 0.896 (0.859–0.980), which indicated a 10.4% annual decline. We show that a chronic disease that becomes endemic in wildlife populations has the potential to be population-limiting and the strong population-level effects of CWD suggest affected populations are not sustainable at high disease prevalence under current harvest levels....

Systematic review of management strategies to control chronic wasting disease in wild deer populations in North America  FD Uehlinger, AC Johnston, TK Bollinger, CL Waldner - BMC Veterinary Research, 2016
... Two of these studies supported the effectiveness of intensive non-selective culling; the third study did not find a difference between areas that were subjected to culling and those that were not ... This review highlights the paucity of evaluated, field-applicable control strategies for CWD in wild deer populations. Knowledge gaps in the complex epidemiology of CWD and the intricacies inherent to prion diseases currently pose significant challenges to effective control of this disease ...

... We found that adult male deer have > 3 fold higher risk of CWD infection than female deer. Males also had higher disease mortality than female deer. As a result CWD prevalence was 2 fold higher in adult males than females. We also evaluated the potential impacts of alternative contact structures on transmission dynamics in Wisconsin deer. Results suggested that transmission of CWD among male deer during the nonbreeding season may be a potential mechanism for producing higher rates of infection and prevalence characteristically found in males...

A Common Parvovirus in Deer from California  L Li, L Woods, G Gerstenberg, X Deng, E Delwart - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2016 California
... We characterize the genome of the first reported deer parvovirus, Ungulate tetraparvovirus 5, which we detected by PCR in multiple tissues from 2/9 Californian mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus californicus) with hair loss syndrome (HLS) and in 4/12 deer without HLS, suggesting this common infection does not cause HLS...

Ear and Tail Lesions on Capitive White-Tailed Deer FawnsTL Ferguson, S Demarais, J Cooley, S Fleming… - Journal of Zoo and Wildlife …, 2016
... During the 2008–2011 time period, undiagnosed lesions were observed in 21 of 150 white-tailed deer fawns (Odocoileus virginianus) that were part of a captive deer herd at Mississippi State University. Clinical findings in healthy and diseased fawns from 0 to 90 days of age included bite and scratch marks followed by moderate to severe ear and tail necrosis. Gross necropsy findings of necrotizing ulcerative dermatitis correlated with histopathologic findings that included focally severe multifocal vasculitis, vascular necrosis, and thrombosis. This article is a clinical description of these previously unreported lesions associated with tissue necrosis in young captive white-tailed deer...

Exotic pediculosis and hair-loss syndrome in deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations in California A Roug, P Swift, B Puschner, G Gerstenberg… - Journal of Veterinary …, 2016
... Infestation with nonnative, “exotic” lice was first noted in Washington black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) in 1994 and has since then spread throughout the western United States. In California, infestation with the exotic louse Damalinia (Cervicola) sp. was first detected in black-tailed deer from northern California in 2004 ... Our results show that exotic lice are widespread in California, and younger age classes with low blood selenium concentrations are more likely to be infested with lice than older deer...

S Ashley - 2016 Wyoming
...  Studies have shown that the carcasses of dead deer are frequently visited by living deer during decomposition and that CWD can be transmitted for up to two years after death.   The presence of scavengers on a landscape could be problematic to disease control if remains are scattered but may prove helpful if the rate of decomposition is significantly expedited....

MDC finds new CWD cases during past‐season testing April 22, 2016 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015‐2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free‐ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Seven were confirmed to be positive for the fatal deer‐disease. Three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County, and one from Franklin County (reported earlier in the year).  The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free‐ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010...

Evaluating a strategy to deliver vaccine to white‐tailed deer at a landscape level  JW Fischer, CR Blass, WD Walter, CW Anderson… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... During 17 February and 2 March 2011, we created a grid of experimental bait stations (n = 64) on Sandhill Wildlife Management Area, Wisconsin ... We found no correlation between bait consumption and deer density or the number of bait stations per deer. We provide the first information on use of baits by free-ranging deer and nontarget wildlife to eventually vaccinate deer against bTB at a landscape level...

BR Nobert, EH Merrill, MJ Pybus, TK Bollinger… - Journal of Applied Ecology, 2016
...  We found that landscape connectivity was a major contributor to the spatial pattern of chronic wasting disease (CWD) risk on a heterogeneous landscape. For this reason, future disease surveillance programs and models of disease spread should consider landscape connectivity. In the aspen parkland ecosystem, we recommend managers focus surveillance and control efforts along river valleys surrounded by agriculture where mule deer abound, because of the high risk of CWD infection...

Exploring perceptions about chronic wasting disease risks among wildlife and agriculture professionals and stakeholders  KL Schuler, AM Wetterau, EM Bunting, HO Mohammed - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... Differences between groups were most evident in hypothetical disease pathways. Any pathway involving inter-state import of live cervids received high ranking for all groups except captive cervid owners. Comparatively low-risk perceptions by captive cervid operators may stem from misinformation, lack of understanding of testing programs, and indemnity payments for animal depopulation. Communication and education directed at areas of disagreement may facilitate effective disease prevention and management...

R Gerhold, G Hickling - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... The privatization of captive cervids, with associated interstate movement of cervids, poses a substantial health risk to native free-ranging wildlife and domestic animals in North America. Captive cervid operations provide an avenue for transmission of diseases such as chronic wasting disease that could have significant impact on wild cervid populations... Monitoring and treatment to combat disease outbreaks associated with livestock–wildlife transmission costs states and provinces hundreds of millions of dollars. Inconsistency in jurisdiction, financial responsibility, and indemnity can lead to distrust and poor working relationships between state or provincial wildlife and agriculture departments...

Infectious Disease and Grouping Patterns in Mule Deer MFM Salazar, C Waldner, J Stookey, TK Bollinger - PLoS One, 2016
...Saskatchewan, Canada ...  We found that mule deer showing clinical signs of CWD were less likely to be reported in groups than clinically healthy deer after accounting for time of day, habitat, and month of observation. Mule deer groups were much more likely to occur in February and March than in July. Mixed-sex groups in early gestation were larger than any other group type in any season. Groups were largest and most likely to occur at dawn and dusk, and in open habitats, such as cropland...

... Across mechanisms, a harvest that focuses on antlered deer, without distinguishing between age classes reduces disease prevalence most consistently, whereas distinguishing between young and older antlered deer produces higher uncertainty in the harvest effects on disease prevalence....

     Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cervids ... The expansion of this disease makes the development of sensitive diagnostic assays and antemortem sampling techniques crucial for the mitigation of spread ...  Our results showed that RAMALT testing by RT-QuIC had the highest sensitivity (69.8%) when compared to postmortem testing, with a specificity of >93.9%. These data suggest that RT-QuIC, like IHC, is an effective assay for detection of PrPCWD in rectal biopsies and other antemortem samples, and with further research to identify more sensitive tissues, bodily fluids, or experimental conditions, has potential for large scale and rapid automated testing for CWD diagnosis.

... Using both microscopy and polymerase chain reaction, we screened a large sample of native and captive ungulate species from across the United States for malaria parasites. We found a surprisingly high prevalence (up to 25%) and extremely low parasitemia of Plasmodium parasites in WTD throughout the eastern United States ... 

Prion protein gene sequence and chronic wasting disease susceptibility in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) AL Brandt, AC Kelly, ML Green, P Shelton… - Prion, 2015
... The sequence of the prion protein gene (PRNP) affects susceptibility to spongiform encephalopathies, or prion diseases ... Results suggest that deer populations with higher frequencies of haplotype C or diplotypes AC and BC might have a reduced risk for CWD infection – while populations with lower frequencies may have higher risk for infection...

Habitat influences distribution of chronic wasting disease in white‐tailed deer TS Evans, MS Kirchgessner, B Eyler, CW Ryan… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015
... Forested landscapes had the strongest relationship with the distribution of CWD, with increased risk of CWD occurring in areas that had lesser amounts of forest...

CD Velásquez, C Kim, A Herbst, N Daude, MC Garza… - Journal of Virology, 2015
... Transmission of chronic wasting disease (CWD) between cervids is influenced by the primary structure of the host cellular prion protein ...  These findings suggest CWD transmission between cervids expressing distinct PrPC 42 molecules results in generation of novel CWD strains...

Age and Repeated Biopsy Influence Antemortem PRPCWD Testint in Mule Deer in Colorado, USA C Geremia, JA Hoeting, LL Wolfe, NL Galloway… - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2015
... . It is difficult and expensive to complete these tests on free-ranging animals, and wildlife health managers will benefit from methods that can accommodate test results of varying quality. To this end, we developed a hierarchical Bayesian model to estimate the probability that an individual is infected based on test results. Our model was estimated with the use of data on 210 adult female mule deer repeatedly tested during 2010−2014. The ability to identify infected individuals correctly declined with age and may have been influenced by repeated biopsy ...

... The study reveals how the proteins - called prions - spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated meat ... Researchers at University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute studied the course of prion infection in mice... prion diseases include scrapie in sheep and chronic wasting disease in deer...

KA Davenport, DM Henderson, CK Mathiason… - Journal of Virology, 2015
...  To assess the impact of transmission to a new species, we studied feline CWD (fCWD) and feline BSE (i.e. feline spongiform encephalopathy ...  These results suggest that: (1) at the level of protein: protein interactions, CWD adapts to a new species more readily than does BSE, and (2) the barrier preventing transmission of CWD to humans may be less robust than estimated...

Identifying priority chronic wasting disease surveillance areas for mule deer in Montana  RE Russell, JA Gude, NJ Anderson, JM Ramsey - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal prion disease that affects a variety of ungulate species including mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). As of 2014, no CWD cases had been reported in free-ranging ungulates in Montana. However, nearby cases in Canada, Wyoming, and the Dakotas indicated that the disease was encroaching on Montana's borders. Mule deer are native and common throughout Montana, and they represent a significant portion of the total hunter-harvested cervids in the state. The arrival of CWD in Montana may have significant ecosystem and socioeconomic impacts as well as potential consequences for wildlife management. We used 18,879 mule deer locations from 892 individual deer collected during 1975–2011 and modeled habitat selection for 7 herds in 5 of the 7 wildlife management regions in Montana. ... We estimated deer abundance from flyover counts for each region, and used the RSF predictions as weights to distribute the deer across the region. We then calculated the distance to the nearest known infected herds. We predicted areas of high risk of CWD infection in mule deer as areas with densities above the median density estimate and within the lowest quartile of distances to known infected herds. We identified these areas, the southeast corner of Montana and the north-central border near Alberta and Saskatchewan, as priority areas for CWD surveillance and management efforts. 

Environmental Factors Influencing White-Tailed Deer  ... Shelli Dubay ... Plos One ... 2015
... White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are commonly exposed to disease agents that affect livestock but environmental factors that predispose deer to exposure are unknown ... Deer had evidence of exposure to PI3 (24.7%), IBR (7.9%), Leptospira interrogans serovar pomona (11.7%), L. i. bratislava (1.0%), L. i. grippotyphosa (2.5%) and L. i. hardjo (0.3%). Deer did not demonstrate exposure to L. interrogans serovars canicola and icterohaemorrhagiae...

Epizootiology of Cranial Abscess Disease in white-tailed Deer of Georgia S Cohen, EH Belser, CH Killmaster, JW Bowers… - Journal of wildlife diseases, 2015
...  Model results indicated that the probability of a male having a cranial abscess increased with age and that adult sex ratio (male:female) was positively associated with this disease. Site-specific variables for land cover and soil types were not strongly associated with observations of the disease at the scale measured and a large amount of among-site variability remained...

...  researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ... CWD, first diagnosed in mule deer in Colorado in the late 1960s, has spread across the country into 22 states ... plants can uptake prions from contaminated soil ... the CDC recommends that people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or test positive for CWD...

Movements and Habitat Interactions of White-tailed Deer: Implications for Chronic Wasting Disease Management SB Magle, LH Kardash, AO Rothrock, JC Chamberlin… - The American Midland …, 2015
... The ratio of agriculture to forest showed strong positive correlation to home range size for most age and sex classes, while forest edge density was inversely related to home range size for adult females. Individual home range size proved largely independent of density and harvest intensity...This suggests localized reductions may create areas of low density without changing the behavior patterns of the population...

Social affiliation and contact patterns among white-tailed deer in disparate landscapes: implications for disease transmission, Illinois. EM Schauber, CK Nielsen, LJ Kjær, CW Anderson… - Journal of Mammalogy, 2015
... Our findings highlight the poor fit between deer behavior and simple models of disease transmission and, combined with previous infection data, suggest that direct contact is the primary driver of CWD transmission among free-living female and juvenile white-tailed deer.

K Matsuda, H Niki, A Yukawa, M Yanagi, K Souma… - The Journal of veterinary …, 2015
... Adiaspiromycosis is a pulmonary infection caused by the soil fungi, Emmonsia crescens and E. parva.. in the lungs of a female Hokkaido sika deer. This is the first reported case of adiaspiromycosis involving a cervid in the world...

Prevalence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Antibodies Among White-Tailed Deer Populations in Maine JP Mutebi, M Godsey, RP Smith Jr, MR Renell, L Smith… - Vector-Borne and Zoonotic …, 2015
... Forty-seven of the 332 (14.2%) sera were positive for EEEV antibodies, showing a much wider distribution of EEEV activity in Maine than previously known...  Our data suggest higher EEEV activity in central Maine compared to southern Maine, whereas EEEV activity in Maine has historically been associated with the southern counties of York and Cumberland...

Chronic wasting disease of cervids DC Bourne - Small Ruminant Research, 2015
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) of cervids is the only known transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) found in non-domestic, free-ranging animals. To date, it is found in wild cervids only in North America, and natural infection has been detected in only four species ...

... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) affects North American elk and deer, but has not been observed in humans. Using a mouse model ...Their study identifies a small loop in the human prion protein that confers resistance to chronic wasting disease...  The study:  Human prion protein sequence elements impede cross-species chronic wasting disease transmission  TD Kurt, L Jiang, N Fernández-Borges, C Bett, J Liu… - The Journal of Clinical …, 2015

... The vaccinated and control animals were then challenged orally with CWD-infected brain homogenate. Three years post CWD oral challenge all control deer developed clinical CWD (median survival 602 days), while among the vaccinated there was a significant prolongation of the incubation period (median survival 909 days; p = 0.012 by Weibull regression analysis) and one deer has remained CWD free both clinically and by RAMALT and tonsil biopsies. ... We document the first partially successful vaccination for a prion disease in a species naturally at risk.

Chronic wasting disease vaccine...  Outdoor Insider December 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, Penn Live
The first successful vaccination of deer against chronic wasting disease ... Four deer given the real vaccine took significantly longer to develop infection—and the fifth one continues to remain infection free...
     Early success for vaccine against brain-wasting disease December 22, 2014 New York, redOrbit
... Researchers have reportedly developed the first successful vaccination against a condition similar to Mad Cow Disease that affects deer [chronic wasting disease, CWD] – a discovery that could not only help prevent US livestock from contracting the ailment, but could help prevent similar infections in humans... published Sunday in the journal Vaccine, represents what the authors call “a scientific milestone.”  ...

      Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise December 21, 2014 New York, US News Health 
... The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according to the report in the Dec. 21 online edition of the journal Vaccine.  . Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue...

... As the area where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found continues to expand, there is concern over the impact it may have on elk (Cervus elaphus) populations that congregate on winter feedgrounds in Wyoming. A stochastic simulation model ... Modeling the free-ranging elk herd without hunting or differences in survival by genotype resulted in a near extinction decrease in elk numbers over a 100-year period...

Genetic assignment tests reveal dispersal of white-tailed deer: implications for chronic wasting disease ML Green, MB Manjerovic, N Mateus-Pinilla… - Journal of Mammalogy, 2014
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first detected among white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois in 2002. Although CWD was focused in northern Illinois, 4 infected deer were sampled in 2011 from locations greater than 100 km south of the disease focus. We used assignment tests  to determine a likely genetic source location for infected deer...  Distances for males were greater than those for females using Oncor, but there was no difference in distance based on age. Because there are few barriers to gene flow for white-tailed deer, managers should reduce movement of deer in CWD-infected areas ...

WJ Pape, J Forster, CA Anderson, P Bosque, M Miller…June, 2014
... The transmission of the prion disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) to humans raises concern about chronic wasting disease (CWD), a prion disease of deer and elk. In 7 Colorado counties with high CWD prevalence ... In Colorado, human prion disease resulting from CWD exposure is rare or nonexistent. However, given uncertainties about the incubation period, exposure, and clinical presentation, the possibility that the CWD agent might cause human disease cannot be eliminated.

EHD Alert: Is Your Deer Herd at Risk? March 17, 2014 Outdoor Life 
... According to a nationwide survey conducted by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), 2012 was a record year for EHD. It was suspected or confirmed in deer deaths in 1,019 counties across 36 states, up significantly from the 2011 estimate of 332 affected counties.... 

... Cranial abscess disease is a cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly for mature, male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Most cases of cranial abscesses are associated with infection by Trueperella ... the patchy distribution of cranial abscess disease across Georgia is likely caused by differences in the genetics of the causative agent, T. pyogenes. White-tailed deer managers must recognize the potential to transport pathogenic bacteria and disease when relocating white-tailed deer...


Testicular Lesions and Antler Abnormalities in Colorado, USA Mule Deer:  A Possible Role for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus   KA Fox, B Diamond, F Sun, A Clavijo, L Sneed… - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2014
... Antler abnormalities of deer and other cervids often result from testicular lesions and decreased levels of testosterone, inhibiting normal cycles of antler growth. Affected males have antlers with retained velvet, numerous short, misshapen points (“cactus bucks”), and failure to shed these abnormal antlers annually. In Colorado, we observed a high occurrence of “cactus bucks” in mule deer ...  Although the role of EHDV infection remains unconfirmed, the association between testicular and epididymal lesions and presence of EHDV RNA in the affected tissues suggests that cactus buck antlers may be a sequela of EHDV infection....

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Alberta, Canada MJ Pybus, M Ravi, C Pollock - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2014
... Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus serotype 2 was identified by reverse-transcription (RT)-PCR in a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) found dead in southern Alberta in September 2013. Field observations indicate at least 50 deer, primarily white-tailed deer, and three pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) died during a suspected localized EHD outbreak...

Molecular Typing of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotypes by One-Step Multiplex RT-PCR F Sun, M Cochran, T Beckham, A Clavijo - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2014
... Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) causes a highly infectious noncontagious hemorrhagic disease in wild and captive deer (Cervidae) populations in the United States. Although rapid and accurate identification of the disease is important, identification of the serotype is equally important for understanding the epidemiology of the disease in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations. We developed a one-step multiplex reverse transcriptase PCR assay for rapid differentiation and identification of EHDV serotypes 1, 2, and 6 ...

... , Bioo has announced that is it set to begin offering a new set of ELISA tests for the detection of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (EHDV), an orbivirus that infects most wild and domestic ruminants.  The new test will be  aimed at testing white-tailed deer in North America, as EHDV is endemic in North America among the white-tailed deer population...

Surveillance and monitoring of white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease in the northeastern United States TS Evans, KL Schuler, WD Walter - Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 2014
... Between 2002 and 2012, New York (37,093) and Pennsylvania (35,324) tested the greatest number of harvested white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Northeast. Additionally, the 14 states surveyed have tested 121,730 harvested deer, or approximately 15,216 per year, since CWD was first detected in the region in 2005. The most common tissues used by agencies in the Northeast for testing were retropharyngeal lymph nodes which have been determined to be the most reliable in detecting CWD in cervids. ...

Researchers identify terrain likely to attract CWD-infected deer April 10, 2014 Pennsylvania, back40forums.com
... A study of the spread of chronic wasting disease among white-tailed deer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania found that infected deer tend to cluster in low-lying open and developed areas. These results suggest that state wildlife management agencies should concentrate surveillance efforts in such topography and landscapes, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences...

Study suggests shooting more bucks to reduce CWD March 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... A just-released University of Wisconsin study on chronic wasting disease recommends focusing more hunting pressure on the deer most likely to carry and spread CWD in whitetails: bucks, the males of the species.... Read the study

UNL, Creighton researchers study chronic wasting March 21, 2014 Nebraska, Lexington Herald Leader
... Bartz and Bartelt-Hunt have focused specifically on chronic wasting disease, which can reduce the growth and size of wild deer and elk ... "I really think that our top finding has been ... that prions don't just bind to soils, but that different soil types really interact very differently with prions," ...

...The regression model indicated that larger and more compact forests were associated with higher risk for CWD. High risk areas also had soils with less clay and more sand than other parts of the region. The transmission potential was higher where
landscape features indicated the potential for higher deer concentrations. The inclusion of spatial lag variables improved the model. Of the 102 cases reported in the study area in the two years following the study period, 89 (87%) of those were in the 32% of the study area with the highest 50% of predicted risk of cases...

Chronic wasting disease concerns arise October 14, 2013 Wisconsin, Post-Crescent 
... Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer — can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison... a previously unknown potential route of exposure to prions for a Wisconsin deer herd in which the fatal brain illness continues to spread...

Rapid Antemortem Detection of CWD Prions in Deer Saliva [HTML] DM Henderson, M Manca, NJ Haley, ND Denkers… - PLoS ONE, 2013
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an efficiently transmitted prion disease of cervids, now identified in 22 United States, 2 Canadian provinces and Korea. One hallmark of CWD is the shedding of infectious prions in saliva, as demonstrated by bioassay in deer...  Bioassay in Tg[CerPrP] mice confirmed the presence of infectious prions in 2 of 2 RT-QuIC-positive saliva samples so examined. The modified RT-QuIC analysis described represents a non-invasive, rapid ante-mortem detection of prions in complex biologic fluids, excreta, or environmental samples as well as a tool for exploring prion trafficking, peripheralization, and dissemination.

... Our generalized linear model showed that risk of CWD infection declined exponentially with distance from current outbreaks, and inclusion of gene flow barriers dramatically improved fit and predictive power of the model. Our results indicate that CWD is spreading across the Midwestern landscape from these two endemic foci, but spread is strongly influenced by highways and rivers that also reduce deer gene flow. We used our model to plot a risk map, providing important information for CWD management by identifying likely routes of disease spread and providing a tool for prioritizing disease monitoring and containment efforts...

... The results showed that deer population management intervention as practiced in Illinois during the study period was negatively associated with CWD prevalence and the strength of association varied depending on age of deer and the measure of intervention pressure. The population management programs showed a more consistent association with reduced CWD prevalence in fawn and yearling white-tailed deer than in adult deer. Our results also suggested that frequent and continuing intervention events with at least moderate intensity of culling were needed to reduce CWD prevalence. A longer study period, however, is needed to make a more definite conclusion about the effectiveness of similar population management programs for controlling CWD in wild white-tailed deer.

... We evaluated how frequency-dependent, density-dependent, and intermediate transmission models predicted CWD incidence rates in harvested yearling deer.... Our results indicate a combination of social structure, non-linear relationships between infectious contact and deer density, and distribution of disease among groups are important factors driving CWD infection in young deer. The landscape covariates % deciduous forest cover and forest edge density also were positively associated with infection rates, but soil clay content had no measurable influences on CWD transmission. Lack of strong density-dependent transmission rates indicates that controlling CWD by reducing deer density will be difficult....

State antlerless deer herds get scrutiny April 1, 2013 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists want to maintain deer herds at existing levels across most of Pennsylvania this fall... The goal is to reduce the deer herd in wildlife management units 3C and 3D in northeastern Pennsylvania, where deer impacts on forests are still too high, and in units 4A, 5A and 5B, where chronic wasting disease has been found, he said. [the Wisconsin Legislative Budget office determined that reducing deer density to combat CWD has not been successful, supporting reseach: Deer density and disease prevalence influence transmission of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer]. ...

Documentary on Chronic Wasting Disease, April, 2013, Deer & Wildlife Stories



...  We recently identified American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) as having the potential to translocate infectious prions in their feces. Our results suggest that this common, migratory North American scavenger is capable of translocating infectious prions to disease-free areas, potentially seeding CWD infection where no other initial source of pathogen establishment is forthcoming. Here we speculate on the role avian scavengers, like American crows, might play in the spatial dissemination of CWD. We also consider the role mammalian scavengers may play in dispersing prions.

Immunization with a Synthetic Peptide Vaccine Fails to Protect Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) from Chronic Wasting Disease JL Pilon, JC Rhyan, LL Wolfe, TR Davis, MP McCollum… - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2013
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) adversely affects both wild and captive cervid populations. A vaccine to prevent CWD would be a highly desirable tool to aid in disease management. To this end, we tested in mule deer a combination of CWD vaccines ... that had previously been shown to delay onset of clinical disease.. Deer were monitored intermittently for prion infection by rectal and tonsil biopsies beginning 275 days postchallenge. All vaccinates responded to both peptide conjugates present in the combination vaccine as measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. However, all deer eventually became infected regardless of vaccine status.

... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease of captive and free-ranging deer (Odocoileus spp), elk (Cervus elaphus nelsonii) and moose (Alces alces shirasi). Unlike in most other prion diseases, in CWD prions are shed in urine and feces, which most likely contributes to the horizontal transmission within and between cervid species. To date, CWD ante-mortem diagnosis is only possible by immunohistochemical detection of protease resistant prion protein (PrPSc) in tonsil or recto-anal mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (RAMALT) biopsies, which requires anesthesia of animals. We report on detection of CWD prions in urine collected from pre-symptomatic deer and in fecal extracts by using real time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC). This assay can be useful for non-invasive pre-symptomatic diagnosis and surveillance of CWD.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD), the only known prion disease endemic in wildlife, is a persistent problem in both wild and captive North American cervid populations. This disease continues to spread and cases are found in new areas each year. Indirect transmission can occur via the environment and is thought to occur by the oral and/or intranasal route. Oral transmission has been experimentally demonstrated and although intranasal transmission has been postulated, it has not been tested in a natural host until recently. .. Our results demonstrate that CWD can be efficiently transmitted utilizing Mte particles as a prion carrier and intranasal exposure.

A Potapov, E Merrill, M Pybus, D Coltman, MA Lewis - Ecological Modelling, 2013
We develop a model for the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) population to assess possible mechanisms of disease transmission and parameterize it for the mule deer population in Alberta, Canada... Multiple mechanisms are likely to produce the ratio of male:female prevalence levels and include: (1) environmentally mediated transmission associated with higher food intake by males, (2) female to male transmission during mating of this polygamous species, (3) increased male susceptibility to CWD and (4) increased intensity of direct contacts within male social groups. All of these mechanisms belong to the class of frequency-dependent transmission. Also important is seasonality in deer social structure with an increasing ratio of prevalence in males:females under all mechanisms as the duration of sexual segregation increases throughout a year.

Emerging prion disease drives host selection in a wildlife population  Stacie J. Robinson ... Ecological Applications, 22(3), 2012, pp. 1050–1059
... Although relying on genetic change may not be viable for short-term disease management, CWD could exert considerable force to drive genetic evolution of host populations on an ecologically relevant timescale, especially in unharvested populations where greater CWD prevalence and mortality risk may lead to stronger selective pressure. [p. 1057]

USDA Establishes a Herd Certification Program for Chronic Wasting Disease in the U.S. June 9, 2012, PoliticalNews.me 
... The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced an interim final rule to establish a national chronic wasting disease (CWD) herd certification program (HCP) and minimum requirements for interstate movement of deer, elk and moose, or cervids ... This interim final rule is available athttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/06/pdf/cwd_rule.pdf

CDC Warns Against Exposure to 'Mad Cow'-Like Brain Diseases May 23, 2011 Disease U.S. News & World Report
The study, published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that eating wild deer meat (venison) is one of the most common ways people are exposed to these serious, debilitating diseases. "While prion diseases are ... Hunting for deer or elk -- especially in regions where chronic wasting disease is considered common (northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and southwestern Nebraska)....hunters in these areas should protect themselves from exposure to chronic wasting disease by taking the following steps: do not eat meat from sickly deer or elk; don't eat brain or spinal cord tissues; minimize the handling of brain and spinal cord tissues; and wear gloves when field-dressing carcasses.

HAIR-LOSS SYNDROME IN BLACK-TAILED DEER OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ... by RJ Bildfell - 2004 - 
... including coastal bays, coastal mountains, central valley agricultural land, and urban areas. ..... Academic Press Inc., San Diego, California, pp. 677–680. ... Pediculosis of mule deer and white- tailed deer fawns in captivity. ... In Foreign animal diseases, Carter Printing Company, Richmond, Virginia, pp. ...













Disease News

4 more farmed white-tailed deer with CWD May 18, 2017 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... from a Meeker County herd with ties to a Crow Wing County deer farm in Merrifield... This herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected, farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year...

... House Bill 4424 would increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan to a fine between $500 and $2,000. The bill would exempt the hides, deboned meat, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth, antlers or antlers attached to a skullcap cleaned of brain and muscle tissue from this penalty...

     The Pennsylvania Game Commission tested 5,707 deer and 110 elk for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) during 2016.  Twenty-five wild deer tested positive for CWD. All of the wild CWD-positive deer were in or near Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild. These 25 deer more than doubled the number of CWD-positive deer detected in DMA 2 from 2012 to 2015 ...

Elk and deer herds in jeopardy decades after chronic wasting disease was discovered May 13, 2017 WyomingCasper Star-Tribune Online
... New models are showing that in the long term, mule deer numbers, particularly in central Wyoming, could plummet. Instead of raging through like an ancient plague, the disease kills slowly, taking years or even a decade, and spreading in ways no one quite understands... these female elk ...  have rare genetics, which might just prolong their lives...

DNR deer predator study pleased with first-year efforts May 8, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... To date, five positive CWD samples have been returned with researchers waiting on more results. Deer testing positive for CWD will be left on the landscape and monitored to determine a number of factors...

2016 Testing Shows No Evidence of CWD in NH May 2, 2017 New Hampshire, NHFG News
... In 2016, a total of 268 tissue samples from hunter-killed deer were tested by Fish and Game ... Since the monitoring program began in 2002, some 5,817 deer have been tested in New Hampshire...

Michigan's 2nd wasting disease zone proposed around game ranch May 1, 2017 MLive.com
... the state's second Chronic Wasting Disease containment zone in a 9-township area within Mecosta and Montcalm counties ... the fatal wildlife contagion had been discovered in two white-tailed doe heads submitted for testing by a game ranch near Morley at the center of the proposed new CWD zone ...

... MDC tested more than 25,500 deer during the past season and found nine cases of the deadly disease, as previously reported: one in Adair, three in Franklin, one in Jefferson, two in Macon, and two in St. Clair counties.  The two cases in St. Clair County were the first CWD detections found in the western part of the state...

Salt Block Study For Cows And Deer April 18, 2017 Michigan, BlackburnNews.com
... Salt blocks shared by cows and deer are sites for transferring diseases like tuberculosis ...

DNR won't tell you, but CWD-infected deer numbers surging April 17, 2017 Wisconsin,
Madison.com
... the DNR isn’t lying about CWD, but it’s sinning through omission by not explaining the plague’s spread ... disease rates again set records across ... much of south-central to southwestern Wisconsin. Of 3,730 deer that hunters submitted for testing there, 442 – 12 percent – were infected...

State finds 49 animals with CWD out of nearly 10,000 tested April 12, 2017 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
...chronic wasting disease...  Only 18 of the cases involving hunting were free-ranging animals. One was a whitetail, One was an elk. And 16 were mule deer in far West Texas near the New Mexico border...

... the most significant new developments in the field is the identification of different CWD strains. “The importance of strains is that each prion strain has unique characteristics.” These include different incubation periods, neuropathology and range distribution...

Cows, deer sharing salt, passing disease April 7, 2017 MIchigan, Great Lakes Echo
... Salt blocks are potential transmitters of tuberculosis from cow to deer and vice versa, said John Kaneene, the lead researcher of a study conducted by Michigan State University ...

CWD Surveilllance Detects Diseased Deer April 6, 2017 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Several neighboring landowners in Fulton County gave permission for USDA-WS biologists, with extensive expertise in targeted deer removal, to take 30 wild deer for CWD testing... CWD was detected in one deer, and results from follow-up tests on this deer came back Wednesday, confirming the deer was CWD positive... the positive test from this sample size increases concern that more CWD-positive deer might be present in the immediate area where the deer was taken. Based on this evidence, the Game Commission will increase CWD sampling ...

Professors and Scientists Dr. David Hewitt, Dr. Randy DeYoung and Dr. Aaron Foley have been keeping track of a deadly disease attacking White Tailed Mule Deer, Elk and other species of deer in certain parts of the country. Now they are tracking the spread of the disease in certain parts of Texas and warn hunters to be careful when handling dead deer carcasses to avoid further spreading of the disease. - April 11, 2017 Texas


...  Chronic wasting disease ... the first cases in Europe ...  kill off the entire herd in which three infected individuals were found, about 2000 reindeer, or nearly 6% of the country’s wild population ...

.. The first confirmed case of CWD in a free-ranging Texas whitetail was detected in a hunter harvested 1 1/2 -year-old buck submitted for sampling within the Surveillance Zone 3 located in portions of Medina, Uvalde, and Bandera counties. [peviously detected in mule deer].  --The first known free-ranging elk in Texas to test positive for CWD, harvested by a hunter in Dallam County... To date, Texas has recorded 49 confirmed cases of CWD, of which 26 were discovered in captive deer breeding pens ...

Deer killed in CWD hot zone may have escaped from a deer farm March 30, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... had holes and cuts on its ears indicating it may have escaped or been released from a captive deer farm, sources ... did not test positive for CWD, but the presence of a suspected farmed deer mingling with wild deer in the core of the outbreak area near Preston, Minn., is both intriguing and frustrating...

Brownville Man Pleads Guilty In Elk Poaching Case March 29, 2017 New York, WWNY TV 7
...  pleaded guilty in connection with an elk poaching case in Colorado ... Bringing hunter-killed deer, elk, or moose carcasses into New York from CWD [chronic wasting disease]-positive states is illegal and increases the risk of spreading the disease...

... Chronic wasting disease was detected in a dead deer at the farm back in December. Today, hazmat crews are at the farm to euthanize all of the deer there ...

Chronic wasting disease reaches Pinedale March 28, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... CWD has been found in Star Valley, near Dubois and within Green River city limits, but never before farther north in the river basin ... It was a leap across the landscape, without connectivity to other elk, deer and moose hunt areas that have tested positive ...

Florida has won the battle against screwworms March 18, 2017 The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville
...  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it will wind down its response against flesh-eating maggots that threaten small, endangered deer in a national wildlife refuge in the Florida Keys...

... This is the second time the disease has been found in a farmed deer facility in Michigan. In 2008, a 3-year-old doe on a Kent County deer farm also tested positive ...  quarantined the affected farm, and are in the process of depopulating the herd and testing all of the animals...

     The DNR is closing the books on 2016 chronic wasting disease monitoring efforts, collecting 4,879 tissue samples from wild deer. From those, 12 samples tested positive for the disease; test results are pending on deer from a handful of counties, including a few dozen from a special deer collection effort in Clayton County....

Hemorrhagic Disease in Montana N Anderson, J Ramsey, K Carson - Intermountain Journal of Sciences, 2017
... Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is caused by two groups of orbiviruses, bluetongue (BT) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD)... HD was first documented in Montana in 1961... Until 2013 HD had been limited to the east side of the Rocky Mountain front.  However, in 2013 several counties in western Montana experience their first recorded EHD die-off in white-tailed deer...

In Nebraska, tests confirm spread of CWD to Lancaster County March 13, 2017 Outdoor News
... A sick deer in Lancaster County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease, in early March. This is the first known case of CWD in Lancaster County...

...  two hunter-harvested deer in St. Clair County ...  42 free-ranging deer have tested positive for CWD since 2010 ...

DNR sees increase in rates of wasting disease in Rock County March 6, 2017 Wisconsin, Beloit Daily News
... testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Rock County in 2016 out of the 81 that were tested... an increase in prevalence as well as distribution of CWD in the eastern side of Rock County since the county had its first positive test in 2003...

Chronic Wasting Disease: concerns for MN wild whitetails prompts deer farm moratorium bill March 2, 2017 Minnesota, Bluestem Prairie
... Concerns over the impact of chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreading from farmed deer to Minnesota's treasured 1-million-animal wild whitetail herd--which generates "more than $500 million annually in economic activity tied to deer hunting"-- has lead to the introduction of HF1948, which would impose a moratorium on new deer farms until January 1, 2020...

More Allegany County deer have chronic wasting disease March 1, 2017 Maryland, Cumberland Times News 
... Six of 200 deer tested in the county were positive for the always fatal deer disease ... The number of deer confirmed with CWD since 2011 now totals 17, all from Allegany County...

Deer tests positive for CWD in Bedford County February 28, 2017 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel Cumberlink
... The positive test is the second case of CWD discovered in a captive deer farm since 2014.  The 3-year-old white-tailed deer died on a farm in Bedford County in January ... born and raised on the same property, which is under quarantine. ...

Cody, Chronic wasting disease discovered during deer herd culling February 27, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...Many deer have tested positive for CWD throughout the Big Horn Basin ... The last time a dead mule deer from the Cody herd was discovered with CWD was in April 2015 ...

Full house on hand for meeting on chronic wasting disease February 24, 2017 Iowa, Spencer Daily Reporter
... The Allamakee County scientific collection effort that ended Feb. 5, has found a positive deer that was taken near Waterville. It is the 18th wild deer to test positive for chronic wasting disease. Volunteers collected 263 deer in the target area of Allamakee County, of which 203 were adults and 60 were fawns...

State department tracks chronic wasting disease February 23, 2017 North Dakota, Bismarck Tribune
... the total now stands at just nine deer to test positive for CWD since 2009, and all were from within unit 3F2... Since the Game and Fish Department’s sampling efforts began in 2002, more than 30,000 deer, elk and moose have tested negative for CWD...

... A recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease (CWD) on Trophy Woods Ranch ... sheds light on what appears to be an overly friendly relationship between the agency and its constituents. Four other farms have received deer from the ranch. This is particularly troubling considering the threat to wild deer herds ...

... one year since the first case of CWD [chronic wasting disease] was discovered in Arkansas ... Since the initial finding, the disease has been found in 206 white-tailed deer and six additional elk ...

W.Va. Division Natural Resources plans lethal management to battle deer disease February 23, 2017 West Virginia, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... Responding to an increasing incidence of chronic wasting disease in Hampshire County, shooting teams from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will kill and sample deer this spring... The total of CWD deer since the first one was discovered in 2005 now rises to 235 ...

DNR reviews its CWD plan February 20, 2017 Wisconsin,Chippewa Herald
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in Wisconsin white tailed deer in 2001.  ... The rapidly increasing prevalence of CWD in does is particularly troubling. At some point, CWD will begin to interfere with the ability of does to conceive and carry fawns to term. It will also interfere with their ability to successfully raise the fawns. When this happens on a large scale, the population will crash...

Federal sharpshooters join fight against deer disease February 20, 2017 Minnesota, 
Post-Bulletin
..... For the past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division has been setting out bait and preparing shooting sites in a roughly 25-square-mile area near Preston, where seven deer have tested positive for CWD. Sharpshooters will work at night, using spotlights and rifles, to remove as many deer as possible in this area...

... As recently as Thanksgiving, Minnesota was thought to be CWD-free... a team of federal sharpshooters will join the DNR’s aggressive campaign to wipe out the disease where it sprang up in November in wild deer near Lanesboro... infections in captive deer — potentially cascading to multiple farms — have prompted state quarantines on five private deer herds ...

Deer deaths persist as state awaits results of foot rot tests February 18, 2017 Kansas, Capital-Journal Online
...  “I haven’t received any more reports from the field. I think it has run its course for this year.” ...

Deer experts, DNR disagree on approach to CWD February 9, 2017 Michitan, Michigan Sportsman
...  Shipley said. "It's in the wild population. The genie is out of the bottle. Maybe you can eradicate it here for five years. Or 10 years. Or 20. But it's coming back. I can unequivocally guarantee that ... Cornicelli and Kroll agreed that when an outbreak of CWD can be narrowed down to specific family groups of deer in a small area, it's wise to attempt to eradicate those groups...

State says 9-township deer cull could begin by end of the week February 2, 2017 Michigan, MLive
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources could kill as many as 2,800 deer within a nine-township area over the next year after two farm-raised deer in Mecosta County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) last month...

... A Michigan game ranch under investigation for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal wildlife contagion, obtained wild deer heads for mandatory state herd testing from a local meat processor ...

Special deer hunt ends; CWD found in 1 more deer January 31, 2017 Minnesota, Northland Press
... 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota ... one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading...

Bovine TB, chronic wasting disease still a concern January 27, 2017 MIchigan, Petoskey News-Review
... there were 34 positive cases [TB] out of 8,454 total tested statewide in 2015 with most cases coming from northeast Michigan ... we’re the only place in North America where TB is still established in white-tailed deer ...

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Wild Texas Deer January 26, 2017 NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
... The white-tailed buck that tested positive for the disease was found in Medina County, Texas - just west San Antonio. An executive ordered issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife has portions of Bandera, Medina and Uvalde counties in a chronic wasting disease containment zone...

Chronic wasting disease tracked to farm near Dassel January 24, 2017 Minnesota, MinnPost
... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed positive chronic wasting disease samples from a 2-year-old female white-tailed deer that died on a farm in Meeker County near Dassel... the deer was born on a CWD-positive Crow Wing County [photo below from Minnesota DNR of a deer infected with chronic wasting disease] ...

Arkansas deer harvest tops 200,000 for 5th straight year January 22, 2017 Russellville Courier
... "Lifting the three-point rule and allowing people to count a button buck as an antlerless deer in Deer Zones 1 and 2 proved to increase the harvest and hopefully will reduce deer density in that area ...can help to slow the rate at which CWD spreads through animal-to-animal contact."   lifting of the three-point rule also enabled hunters to remove younger bucks from the herd. "Young bucks are known to disperse more ...

Science must win out in CWD debate January 21, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... Kroll, in a nutshell, believes that CWD has been around for a long, long time, and that we're finding more cases primarily because we're aggressively looking for it. He believes (and cites studies to support that belief) that some deer have a genetic resistance to CWD, which will prevent the disease from having any long-term, significant impact on deer populations...

White-tailed deer tests positive for CWD near Dassel January 20, 2017 Minnesota, Crow River Media
... The board’s records show this positive deer was born on the CWD positive Crow Wing County farm and moved to the Meeker County farm in December 2014.  As of Dec. 30, 2016, there are three confirmed CWD positive farmed deer in Minnesota. Two are associated with the previously reported case in Crow Wing County...

Chronic wasting disease identified in two Mecosta County farmed deer January 20, 2017 Michigan, State of Michigan
   Chronic wasting disease was confirmed this week in two female deer from a Mecosta County deer farm.  CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the second time the disease has been found in a farmed deer facility in Michigan. In 2008, a white-tailed deer from a Kent County deer farm tested positive...
     Fatal wasting disease strikes Michigan deer farm January 20, 2017 Michigan, MLive.com
...  Two farm-raised deer in Mecosta County have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ... a total of 11 deer, captive and wild, have now tested positive for CWD in the past two years...

Minnesota needs to fight CWD January 15, 2017 La Crosse Tribune
... CWD most likely originated from sheep scrapies in a Colorado research facility in the late 1960s. Intentional and unintentional movement of CWD-infected animals has distributed the disease and it was found in Wisconsin in 2002...

Deer disease options sought January 14, 2017 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... Wayne Laroche, who heads the state Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management ... aimed to dispel rumors about a mass culling of the deer population — a tactic he said has failed elsewhere ... “If we can’t do it with sharpshooters and at night with silencers, then we can’t expect the hunters are going to do a better job than that,” ...

Deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease in Franklin County January 13, 2017 Pennsylvania, Chambersburg Public Opinion
... a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the first new case in a captive deer farm since 2014... four-year-old white-tailed deer was harvested from a hunting preserve in Franklin County in November 2016 ...

The State of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota January 11, 2017 Lighthouse News Daily
...DNR officials have started a sanctioned mass hunt of the animals as a way to reduce the chances of healthy deer encountering the infected ones...

Monitoring intensifies to detect chronic wasting disease January 2, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A grant from the Teton Conservation District and money chipped in by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission enabled wildlife managers to increase staffing and test 502 animals from the Jackson Elk Herd — about 5 percent of the total population...

Conservation finds chronic wasting disease in three deer December 31, 2016 Missouri, News-Press Now
...  three deer were infected. These included a yearling male deer harvested in southeast Jefferson county, a mature buck harvested in northern Franklin county and a buck in Adair county. ... 10th case of a deer infected with the disease in Adair county...

State slaps CWD quarantine on Crow Wing County deer farm December 30, 2016 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  quarantined a herd of farmed deer in Crow Wing County after two of the animals tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD)... private herd of 33 mule deer and 100 whitetails...

Add more time for CWD checks December 27, 2016 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... the mandatory CWD Surveillance Zone ... one group of three hunters called to cancel their hunt once learning of the regulations.  “I talked them out of it, though and they came and had a good time. But, if it continues, the hunters will just go to New Mexico,” ...

U.S. Wildlife Is Increasingly Being Managed as Private Livestock—and It's Creating a Disease Epidemic December 28, 2016 Alter Net
In April this year, troubling news broke in Texas when two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) appeared in captive white-tailed deer, bringing the total number of such cases in the state to 25 since June 2015—and putting a spotlight on a growing problem across the nation...

Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed Near Gillette December 21, 2016 Wyoming, Sheridan Media 
...  first time Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in Deer Hunt Area 17 ...

Chronic wasting disease found at deer farm in Buchanan Co. December 20, 2016 Iowa, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
...  Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in one captive white-tail at a deer farm in Buchanan County.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has quarantined the site...

Funding, not fear, is needed in CWD fight December 16, 2016 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
... no one should claim CWD hasn’t spread outside the endemic area. Not testing for it doesn’t prove it’s not there. .. many hunters won’t provide samples voluntarily. As the committee heard often Monday, hunters in areas that allow baiting and feeding often decline to submit a possibly diseased deer, fearing a positive result will trigger a baiting/feeding ban...

DNR announces CWD zone, deer feeding ban December 12, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
...  The area is roughly within a 10-mile radius of Preston, which is near the area where two CWD-positive deer were shot by hunters this fall.  The DNR also announced a ban on recreational deer feeding in a much larger area ...

Hunters claim IDNR culling too many deer out of county December 8, 2016 Illinois, MyWebTimes.com
... Since the first case of CWD was discovered in Illinois nearly 15 years ago, IDNR, according to its website, started a "targeted surveillance program" for CWD in wild deer.  "The culling program is to reduce the density of the deer population to limit the spread of CWD," ...

... $11.5-million for a University of Alberta-led project that will focus on the genetic underpinnings of chronic wasting disease ... More than a quarter of the deer in some areas of Saskatchewan are now believed to be infected ...

Bull elk shot in Clinton County after being spotted locally December 2, 2016 Michigan, The Morning Sun
...  It’s not very common for elk to have tuberculosis but we have had it in the past,” Stewart said. “The combination of factors between an elk from Northern Michigan coming down into where we have our Chronic Wasting Disease management zone ultimately led us to the decision we need to euthanize this animal to make sure it wasn’t spreading either of those diseases ...

Chronic wasting disease returns December 1, 2016 Minnesota, Agri News
... In 2010, when a hunter-killed doe near Pine Island tested positive for CWD... Until now, that doe was the only wild deer ever to test positive for CWD in Minnesota... Southeastern Minnesota is surrounded by states dealing with CWD — which is why the DNR was looking for it... 

CWD does not deter deer hunters in the Ozarks November 28, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... the commission's wildlife management division set up 10 stations in the 10 counties that comprise the CWD management zone... Hunters brought in only 535 whitetailed deer and two elk for sampling, despite record deer kills in all 10 counties... he latest sad news concerning CWD is the confirmation of the disease last week in Yell County...

Deer hunters wait for news on CWD November 28, 2016 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... Minnesota DNR ... expect the response will be similar to one implemented six years ago in Pine Island, when a doe was found infected with CWD. In that case, the DNR created a 300-square-mile CWD zone, and hunters and professional sharpshooters culled the herd, killing and testing about 5,000 deer during a three-year period. None tested positive for the disease...

Chronic Wasting in Kansas November 25, 2016  Chronicle-Tribune
... The first Kansas CWD deer was detected in 2005, in the northwestern part of the state.  Kansas has had 136 deer or elk test positive for CWD. Rawlins and Sheridan counties, in northwest Kansas, have held 80 percent of the cases ...  CWD was first identified in captive mule deer along the Colorado-Wyoming border in 1967. The disease began after the deer were exposed to scrapie, a disease that’s fatal to sheep and goats...

... The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has the authority to order the owners of the land to keep the fences in place to stop wild deer from entering the grounds and potentially being exposed to the disease [chronic wasting] ...

Chronic Wasting in deer population November 13, Louisiana, KTBS
... Kate Hasapes Biologist La. Dept. Of Wildlife and Fisheries says "The scary thing with Chronic Wasting Disease is that it is similar to Mad Cow in the way that affects deer but with Mad Cow is primarily found in the brain and the spinal column while Chronic Wasting Disease is found throughout the entire deer....  testing for the disease is fully under way in Louisiana with no diagnosed cases to date ...

Chronic Wasting disease must be taken seriously November 6, 2016 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... The rapid deterioration of the Wisconsin deer herd was inconceivable to most hunters at the onset of its discovery ... it likely started in sheep and went from there to elk to deer ... Monkeys dosed with CWD orally didn’t contract it right away ...After 13 years, most of those monkeys were fatally ill ...

...  Midwestern University's Nicholas Haley ... able to examine the links between infection and a number of genetic markers found in elk known as microsatellites, using techniques commonly known as "DNA fingerprinting" ... deer and elk farmers have the very realistic ability to manage their animals by identifying desirable traits and selectively breeding for them - in this case, resistance to CWD ...

... A new Tennessee rule that prohibits carrying animal carcasses across the state line into Tennessee is outraging local hunters and business owners. The stricter importation rules are meant to be a way to restrict a fatal disease [chronic wasting] from coming into Tennessee ...

... Haley and Samuel said the disease was like a wildfire that is raging in the southern Wisconsin herds where it started and will eventually spread elsewhere... “There’s very little you can do to keep it from getting worse,” ... “There’s very little you can do to keep it from getting worse,” ... difficult to predict how long it will be before there are population declines in Wisconsin’s deer herd like those seen in the West ...

... Biologists estimate that over 400 deer died from the virus in the Crooked River Ranch area and near Sisters, Oregon, between May 9 and August 1, 2002. Love said this is the first confirmed case of AHD in Coos County...

...  State authorities are asking hunters to check regulations before transporting deer after a progressive neurological disease was found in 12 deer harvested in Frederick County and one deer killed on the road in Shenandoah County...

Saving Key deer from a deadly worm takes a new turn October 20, 2016 Florida, Miami Herald
... U.S. wildlife officials are taking the rare step of trying to inoculate Key deer against a ghastly screwworm threatening to wipe out the planet’s last remaining herd...  they plan to hand feed medicine mixed with feed and mark them with paint ...

Wasting disease found in deer near Dubois October 19, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... the latest indication of the neurological disorder’s [chronic wasting disease] seemingly inexorable encroachment... about 30 miles from the Fish Creek Feedground, is the closest chronic wasting disease has ever been found to three elk feedgrounds in the Gros Ventre River drainage...

    ODFW has confirmed 16 cases of hoof disease in Oregon elk since the first case was confirmed in early 2014. ... Elk hoof disease is a bacterial infection that causes severe lameness in elk. Elk with the disease have deformed and overgrown or broken sloughed hooves and other hoof abnormalities related to the infection  [see photos]

Florida using 'overwhelming force' to fight flesh-eating screwworms October 12, 2016 CNN
... confirmed a local infestation of New World screwworm in Key deer ... first local infestation in the nation in more than three decades ... The way we interrupt that life cycle is to release high numbers of male flies that have been sterilized ...

...  North Alabama.  The CDC says some animals are putting hunters at risk for Brucellosis which is a disease that can cause severe illness if a person comes in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products...

Screwworm infestation threatens tiny deer in Florida Keys October 3, 2016 Lexington Herald Leader
... about 40 of the 3-feet-tall Key deer have had to be euthanized over the last month due to the screwworm infestation...

Culling deer herd reduced chronic wasting disease September 30, 2016 msu.edu
... Minnesota and New York are two of the best examples of managing chronic wasting disease, says David Williams, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Both employed an extensive strategy of removal, testing and surveillance. The states are considered to have the disease effectively removed ...

CWD-positive deer found in Oconto County September 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... A white-tailed deer on an Oconto County hunting preserve has tested positive for the fatal disease [chronic wasting] ...

Phys
... Wild boar and red deer are key hosts of bovine tuberculosis – a chronic, infectious disease mainly caused by Mycobacterium bovis - in southern Europe ... This research points to the fact that supplementing animals' diet with vitamin D could be a very cost effective approach to reduce prevalences...

Chronic wasting disease requires new deer testing September 25, 2016 Texas, Amarillo.com
... A single mule deer in Hartley County that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in 2015 ... first detection of the disease in the Panhandle ... all deer harvested this season west of Hwy. 287 and north of US 60 will need brain tissue testing ...

Chronic wasting disease found in McGregor Range deer  September 19, 2016 New Mexico,  New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
     Five deer harvested in the McGregor Range area of southern New Mexico during the 2015-16 hunting season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Game and Fish announced. Hunters who harvested those deer have been notified of the test results. Forty hunters who drew licenses for 2016-17 hunts on the range will be notified and advised of procedures to present their harvested deer for testing.  First discovered in New Mexico in 2002 ... 

DNR plans deer disease meetings September 15, 2016 Illinois, Kankakee Daily Journal
... CWD recently has been been detected in the counties of Kankakee, Livingston, Grundy and Will, and previously in 12 others — Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle and Kendall...

Hunters' Help Needed for CWD Management September 16, 2016 Wyoming, Basinsradio
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease caused by prions that impacts deer, elk, and moose has been documented across much of the state... Game and Fish really appreciates all members of the public who submit samples or report unhealthy looking animals ... Information on CWD ...

CWD voluntary check stations & informational meeting announced September 15, 2016 Texas,Bandera County Courier
... the on-going epidemiological investigation of CWD has led to the discovery of additional CWD-positive deer in captive breeding facilities and released deer in high-fenced properties in Medina County.... Through voluntary testing of harvested deer, TPWD officials hope to determine whether CWD is prevalent in the free-ranging deer inside the designated surveillance zone...

No whole deer carcasses allowed to enter Minnesota September 12, 2016 News Releases - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
     Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that whole deer carcasses are no longer allowed to be brought into Minnesota from anywhere in North America.  This new restriction that includes all members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou) is an effort by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to respond to the increasing prevalence and geographic spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD)...

Tennesseans hunting deer out of state reminded of new rules September 10, 2016 Clarksville Now
... the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) voted unanimously to approve a proposal that  ... extends the restrictions on importation of deer, moose, and elk carcasses to the entirety of any state not bordering Tennessee that has found a positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It also includes states bordering Tennessee if that state has a CWD-positive county within 150 miles ...

Wisconsin deer hunters have the opportunity to get their deer tested and help with CWD surveillance September 7, 2016 WDNR News
... "We provide testing as a service to deer hunters, but it is also important in our efforts to monitor the distribution and prevalence of the disease," said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief. "We will continue testing and tracking this disease within our long-term monitoring areas in southern Wisconsin where CWD is regularly found..." A map of the 2016 CWD sampling area [PDF] ...

When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged September 6, 2016 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... "Chronic wasting disease in North America is spreading fast," says Belay. The disease causes infected wild deer and elk to starve to death. "In early 2000, we had about three states that reported CWD in the wild in deer and elk. Today, that number is 21." ...

Scientists develop field test for bluetongue September 6, 2016 United Kingdom, vettimes.co.uk
... There are currently 27 different types of bluetongue virus ... , the new test is similar to one for African horse sickness recently developed by another team of scientists at Pirbright...

What Is Wrong With That Deer? September 1, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game
... Have you ever seen a deer walking around your neighborhood or in the woods that has odd skin “warts” ... Most of the time deer with fibromas are unaffected unless the growths are located in areas that impede normal activities like eating, walking, or vision.  The disease is not a significant cause of death for deer and fibromas usually disappear over time.  Deer often develop immunity for fibromatosis after having it, so if they are reexposed as an adult they are generally not affected...

Indiana collecting deer samples after bovine TB discovery August 31, 2016 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
... officials say they plan to collect samples from as many as 1,100 deer in response to the discovery of bovine tuberculosis in wild deer in the state for the first time...

BC wary of deadly deer disease in Alberta August 29, 2016 British Columbia, Revelstoke Review
... Chronic wasting disease, a degenerative nervous system condition similar to so-called mad cow disease, has been discovered in an animal 30 kilometres southeast of Edmonton...  the furthest west ... that biologists have detected the deadly disease ...

Chronic Wasting Disease detected near Tarpley August 25, 2016 Texas, Bandera County Courier
... CWD was first noted locally on a deer-breeding ranch on the boundary between Bandera and Medina Counties about six miles south of Tarpley. It has subsequently been found at two other ranches in northwest Medina County.  Ranchers and hunters have recently noted a perceived decrease in the deer population in this area...

Study Shows Some Deer Genetically Resistant to Chronic Wasting Disease August 23, 2016 Wisconsin, deeranddeerhunting.com
... Thankfully, long gone are the days of Wisconsin trying to wipe out CWD by wiping out deer herds... University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Stacie Robinson ...  Statistical modeling showed that deer with a particular genotype were four times less likely to contract CWD, and if they did become infected, they lived longer ...

What is wrong with that deer? August 21, 2016 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Idaho Fish and Game receives calls each year about deer with abnormal skin growths... Fibromatosis is a skin disease where deer develop large tumor-like growths ...  can be transmitted through direct contact ... Most of the time, deer with fibromatosis are unaffected unless the growths are located in spots that impede normal activities like eating ...

Deer with bovine tuberculosis found in Franklin Co. August 17, 2016 Indiana, WLWT 5
... bovine tuberculosis has been found in the wild in Indiana for the first time...  diagnosed in a white-tailed deer in southeastern Indiana's Franklin County ... 

... hunters can no longer bring whole deer carcasses into Minnesota from anywhere in North America... “We are making this change to respond to the increasing prevalence and geographic spread of CWD,” ...

... have checked 7,000-plus deer and have not discovered it. We are being proactive because it's in our neighboring states (Texas and Arkansas) and its close enough that we need to be on guard.''... An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed [PDF] ...

Chronic wasting disease discovered in deer east of Montrose July 21, 2016 Colorado, The Durango Herald
... Chronic wasting disease has been introduced to Southwest Colorado ... Southwest Colorado has evaded it until now ... Chronic wasting disease has been detected in 77 of Colorado’s 186 game management units...

WV's chronic wasting disease problem expands with each passing year July 17, 2016 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail 
... Today the disease has spread from the Hampshire County town of Slanesville, where the buck was found, into parts of Hardy County... In the 39-square-mile area of Hampshire County where DNR officials most closely study the disease, CWD can be found in approximately one in every four whitetails...

Legislators extend deer farm fencing exception July 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Lexington Herald Leader
... A legislative committee has extended emergency rules allowing captive deer farmers to opt out of the state's chronic wasting disease monitoring program without upgrading their fences...

Wasting disease found in deer July 12, 2016 Utah, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... found in a deer that died this spring near Montrose ... first time a deer infected with the disease has been found in southwest Colorado...

New rules for deer hunting take affect this fall July 6, 2016 Alabama, RocketCityNow
... “Many Alabama hunters commonly hunt deer in states with CWD in their deer populations ... Under this new regulation they must take steps to debone the meat or remove all brain tissue from their harvested deer before returning home to Alabama...

...  found Wednesday at a different Medina County facility, represents the highest rate of chronic wasting disease found at any Texas breeding operation ...  brings the total to 25 cases ...

... EHD and bluetongue are spread in cattle, deer and other ruminants by several species of a tiny flying insect ... a gnat, a midge ... their breeding habitat: the shallow margins of ponds... midge reproduction is minimal in clean, clear, deep bodies of water, or where banks are vegetated or rocky (rather than muddy) or where the bank is steep...

... Led by Claudio Soto, Ph.D., researchers from McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have been awarded $11 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the pathogenesis, transmission and detection of prion diseases - such as chronic wasting disease in deer - that can potentially spread to humans...

Female deer disperse farther than males, present disease-control challenge June 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, EurekAlert (press release)
... "Dispersal of female deer is density dependent, meaning that higher deer densities lead to greater dispersal rates... Although not as many females disperse in Pennsylvania -- 8 to 24 percent of females versus 50 to 75 percent of males -- there end up being more of them, because they live longer than males and they disperse an average of 11 miles compared to 5 miles for males." ...

Deer virus can cause foaming at the mouth June 28, 2016 Oregon, Ashland Daily Tidings
... around the Ashland area... a handful of sick deer have been reported this year, the adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD) can spread quickly through large populations of deer...  first identified in California in 1994 ... The last outbreak in the Rogue Valley was in 2014 ...

... Commissioners voted for .. Creating a 10-county chronic wasting disease management zone ... Deer and elk killed in the zone would be required to remain in the zone ... Restricting deer feeding except during hunting season... Increasing the bag limits and removing antler restrictions ... Prohibiting the use of scents containing natural deer urine...

... Discontinue baiting and feeding of deer statewide.  CWD is spread through feces and oral contact, and concentrating deer over bait and feed just increases opportunities for spread.  Captive cervid facilities that have one deer test positive for CWD should be considered high risk.  These farms need to be double fenced...

DNR discusses rates of CWD in area June 23, 2016 Wisconson, Beloit Daily News
... during the past 14 years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported the prevalence of CWD in adult male deer in its western monitoring area has risen from 8 to 10 percent to about 30 percent... In adult females, the prevalence has risen from about 3 to 4 percent to nearly 15 percent...

Game and Fish Commission approves plan to manage disease June 17, 2016 Arkansas, El Dorado News-Times
... Landowners within the 10-county management zone will be issued extra tags to help decrease deer density and landowners will be required to submit samples of harvested deer for CWD testing. Deer and elk killed within the zone must remain in the zone, with the exception of “deboned meat, cleaned skull plates, hides, teeth and taxidermy products.” ...
     AGFC modifies proposals for chronic wasting disease management June 16, 2016 Arkansas, THV11.com
... modified proposals will be voted on during a June 24 special meeting of the Commission:  ·  Establish a CWD management zone consisting of Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties... ·  Prohibit feeding within the CWD management zone, except ...  Baiting will be allowed Oct. 1-Dec. 31 for hunting...

CWD kills deer in Star Valley June 8, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A dead doe deer found near Star Valley Ranch in February was recently discovered to be carrying CWD... “This one came out of the blue. We don’t really have any idea where it came from.” ... Wyoming now has chronic wasting disease literally border to border ...
               Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer, west of continental divide again June 7, 2016 Wyoming, WGFD News
     A doe mule deer near Thayne was found dead and a Wyoming Game and Fish Department employee sent it to the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Laramie for testing, and it came back positive for CWD. The mule deer was found near Thayne in deer hunt area 145.  West of the continental divide, a moose tested positive for CWD in Star Valley in 2008 and in 2012 three mule deer tested positive in the city limits of Green River...

A killer in the herds, chronic wasting disease June 5, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... As of Friday the Game and Fish Commission had confirmed 93 cases in five counties: Newton, Boone, Madison, Pope and Carroll. The most recent positive test results were from May 27.  "I don't think any of us would have imagined there would be this number," Wild said. The National Park Service veterinarian has studied chronic wasting disease since the 1980s and is one of several national experts advising Arkansas on how to respond to the outbreak...

NRC expands chronic wasting disease zone June 2, 2016 Michigan, Outdoor News
... Mason [DNR Wildife Chief Russ Mason]  pointed out that every model done on CWD shows that it CWD is left unchecked it would lead to the elimination of all deer. It’s just a matter of how long will it take. Now models are wrong to some extent, but even if it’s half right that’s terrible...

Chronic wasting disease found in seven more W.Va. deer May 26, 2016 West Virginia, Cumberland Times-News
... All of the deer were harvested by hunters during the 2015 season and all came from the central portion of Hampshire County where CWD was first confirmed more than a decade ago...

... given that 88 cases have been found so far this year in deer and elk in four northern Arkansas counties... signs of the disease could be emaciation, lack of coordination or even paralysis ... drinking a lot of water, foaming at the mouth or excess salivation ...

CWD doubles in Pa. DMA May 20, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... This is the one disease that has the potential to drastically change deer hunting as we know it,” ...said commission Wildlife Management Director Wayne Laroche said. “If we fail to develop and implement an effective control program, we risk the future of deer hunting ...

... To date, more than 51,000 deer have been tested for chronic wasting in Missouri. A total of 27 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the state ... 
     Conservation officials warn public not to feed deer May 16, 2016 Missouri, ABC17News.com
    ... The ban ...  prohibits using grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products to attract deer ...  to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

... Directing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct a comprehensive study of deer population dynamics; Creating Best Management Practices for the deer farm industry; Conducting more frequent fence inspections; and Developing quicker test results for hunters... 193,000 deer have already been tested in Wisconsin, more than any other state...

... The commission outlined possible "active control measures" that could involve targeted removal of deer in locations where CWD-positive animals have been found... reducing overall deer numbers in an infected only seems to slow the spread of the disease...

... during 2015 found 12 additional white-tailed deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) – all in Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), located in southcentral Pennsylvania.  DMA 2 is the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in free-ranging deer. The latest cases bring to 22 the total number of free-ranging deer found with CWD within DMA 2 since 2012. This is the highest number of cases to be found in a single year, and more than doubles the total number of CWD-positive deer found in the wild in Pennsylvania...

CWD realities continue to spread May 5, 2016 Michigan, Port Huron Times Herald
... it has been a year since chronic wasting disease was found in a wild Michigan deer. Since May 20, 2015, six more deer have been found with the infectious, incurable disease that kills deer by destroying their brains. Each seems to have come from an area farther from that first sick deer found in Ingham County...

Scent Companies Join the Fight Against CWD May 2, 2016 Outdoor Life Magazine 
... Vermont and Virginia have decided to ban the sale and use of urine based deer attractants... many scientists in the deer disease community believe the prions found in urine based scents may spread Chronic Wasting Disease ... a new  “Deer Protection Program” designed  to ensure that ATA-member scent manufacturers do everything possible to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

DNR steps up chronic wasting monitoring April 27, 2016 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... (DNR) wants to double the number of core areas monitored for deadly chronic wasting disease.  This expansion would include six new townships in Eaton County and two in Clinton County... The first case in the state was discovered at a deer farm in 2008 ... “You’ll see the damage maybe 40 years down the road. We’re trying to prevent that now.” ...

Chronic wasting disease detected in Europe for first time April 21, 2016 Norway, The Wildlife Society 
    A reindeer in Norway has been diagnosed with chronic wasting disease, a deadly disease that targets cervids, earlier this month. This is the first time the disease, which was first detected in the United States in the 1960s, has reached Europe and is also the first-ever detection of the disease in a free-ranging reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). The reindeer was from the Nordfjella population in South Norway...

IDNR Biologists rely on the best science available when making wildlife management decisions. And our partners at the University of Illinois, including the Illinois Natural History Survey and Animal Science Department are instrumental in providing the research that is the underpinning of our management efforts. For answers to some common questions about CWD, let’s hear from the scientists studying the disease. This is the last in a four-part series on efforts to manage chronic wasting disease in Illinois. April 29, 2016


CWD rate exceeds acceptable threshold in north Arkansas April 20, 2016 Arkansas Online
...  the prevalence rate of chronic wasting disease in wild whitetailed deer is 23 percent after completing the first phase of testing in north Arkansas... Such a high prevalence rate, coupled with a high infection rate among fawns, strongly suggests the disease has been present for a long time ...

More Deer With CWD Have Some Questioning State's Management Plan April 15, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... According to the DNR's Hauge, research shows the prevalence and spread of CWD increased during the state’s more aggressive approach to managing the deer herd. The state once used longer seasons, liberal bag limits and sharpshooting for a limited period of time to prevent the spread of CWD...

...  chronic wasting disease in Texas captive deer... One of those affected includes a captive raised white-tailed doe that was born and raised on-site and died on-site of natural causes at a deer breeding facility in Medina County, where the disease was not previously detected...

Chronic wasting disease cases in state climb to 56 April 1, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Six more deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total number of cases in Arkansas to 56 ... All infected deer came from a sampling area in Newton County...

To fight chronic wasting disease among deer, we must act now April 3, 2016 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... When a deer infected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) nibbles a plant, the prion infection in its saliva absorbs into the plant’s roots and into the soil, and it emerges again with new sprouts. Should another deer graze that same trail, it will become infected with the fatal neurological disease. And Eaton County definitely is home to CWD...

...  Two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Texas captive deer ... With these new confirmations, 10 white-tailed deer in or originating from deer breeding facilities have been confirmed positive for CWD in the state since the original detection in June 2015...

Arkansas chronic wasting disease cases pouring in April 1, 2016 Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... Almost 30 tissue samples sent to a lab for testing were confirmed this week to have CWD and bring the total number of cases to 50...  we're trying to determine spatial distribution ...

...  Maryland Department of Natural Resources found another five deer with chronic wasting disease in Allegany County, just south of Bedford County in southwestern Pennsylvania ... 

Two deer in Lansing area test positive for CWD March 28, 2016 Michigan, Midland Daily News
... One of the newly confirmed CWD-positive deer is a nine-month-old male from Ingham County’s Meridian Township, the other a nearly three-year-old female from Clinton County’s Watertown Township. The seven-deer total is from nearly 4,900 deer tested for CWD since May 2015...

...  it's not necessary to continue a mass harvest of elk and white-tailed deer around the Buffalo National River.  That's because recently-received test results show chronic wasting disease is prevalent in the animals, and has been in this area for 10 years or more...

More AR Deer, Elk Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease March 24, 2016 Arkansas, ArkansasMattersArkansas
...  tissue samples from 49 deer and elk taken in and around the 125,000-acre focal area ...  Out of the 18 positive deer samples, four were found just outside of the AGFC’s focal area... Arkansas now has 22 CWD [chronic wasting disease] positive samples ...

3rd case of CWD identified March 23, 2016 Arkansas, NWA Online
... a second white-tailed deer in Newton County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease... Also, an elk killed near Pruitt in October was confirmed to have the disease on Feb. 23. All three locations are in northern Newton County ...

... “This week we sampled (shot) 126 deer, which is a good ways toward our target of 300 deer,” said Cory Gray, deer program coordinator ...  hunt for animals that might be affected with deadly Chronic Wasting Disease...

Two more local deer test positive for wasting disease March 18, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Nearly 4,900 deer have been tested for CWD since the first case was detected in a Meridian Township deer in early 2015, the DNR said. All seven CWD-positive deer were found in Ingham and Clinton counties..., Lansing State Journal
... Nearly 4,900 deer have been tested for CWD since the first case was detected in a Meridian Township deer in early 2015, the DNR said. All seven CWD-positive deer were found in Ingham and Clinton counties...

DNR denial can't change CWD truths March 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... the DNR deliberately disguises an ever-worsening disease and its looming impact on the herd and recreational hunting. And it barely acknowledges CWD’s human-health uncertainties...At 9.5 percent, the record-setting 2015 CWD infection rate marked the state’s 10th straight annual increase...

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in deer at Ponca March 9, 2016 Arkansas, AGFC News
   A white-tailed deer in Ponca recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The disease is fatal to deer and elk.  The positive CWD test from a deer comes on the heels of an elk near Pruitt, about 12 miles east of Ponca, that was confirmed to have the disease Feb. 23. Both areas are in northern Newton County.  The AGFC took tissue samples from the 2½-year-old female deer, which was found dead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the test today...

... the department confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck mule deer that was found dead southeast of Lander. CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose...

Prevalence of deadly deer disease increasing in some parts of Kansas March 1, 2016 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... The gradual spread of chronic wasting disease from northwest Kansas east ...  prevalence of the disease, which is always fatal to deer, within that area has increased tremendously ... “We had 53 positives this year and collected about 700 samples,” ...

Chronic wasting disease reported in elk in Arkansas February 24, 2016 Arkansas Online
...  a cow elk killed by a hunter in October in Newton County tested positive for chronic wasting disease, and that on March 7 the agency will begin killing deer and elk in a five-mile radius of where the elk was killed for further sampling... "It just doesn't make sense that this one popped up out of the blue like it did," ...
... An elk found dead near Pruitt on the Buffalo National River in October has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first recorded case in the state ...

Deer test positive for CWD February 17, 2016 Iowa, Globe Gazette
... Two wild deer harvested in Allamakee County ... the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County... CWD had been previously detected in every bordering state ...

Two deer that escaped farm had chronic wasting disease February 10, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... 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 ... The bucks each spent more than five months roaming the rural area around Fairchild before being shot and tested...

Stay on guard for Chronic Wasting Disease February 10, 2016 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... New York experienced one outbreak of CWD back in 2005...The outbreak in the Utica area had DEC and the Department of Agriculture and Markets coming together as partners and cooperatively launching a no-holds barred containment and eradication plan... there have been no additional cases of CWD found in the state to date...

... Scientists studying mosquitoes at the National Zoo have discovered a previously unknown species of the malaria parasite in white-tailed deer... if you’re wondering if deer can spread malaria to other animals or people, Martinsen says, don’t be concerned.  “It’s very unlikely that … these malaria parasites will switch into other mammal species, and it’s very highly unlikely that they will switch into humans.” ...

WVU research seeks to slow spread of deadly deer disease February 6, 2016 West Virginia, wvgazettemail.com
... By analyzing the DNA present in each sample, researchers at West Virginia University hope to discover how deer move across the landscape. Armed with that information, state wildlife officials might someday be able to slow or halt the spread of chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal malady first found in the state in 2006...

... Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's genetics center in Washington, D. C., were searching for the source of malaria parasites in birds at the national zoo... not known to cause any risk to humans ... Their find dashes the current belief that no mammals other than people in the Western Hemisphere carry their own native forms of malaria ...
     White-tailed deer have their own form of malaria February 5, 2016 Science News 
... The malaria parasite in deer is a completely different species from the ones that cause disease in humans. A report in 1967 based on one deer in Texas had claimed that the parasite existed and a 1980 paper had named it Plasmodium odocoilei...The parasite has so far appeared at very low concentrations in animals’ blood ...

CWD-positive white-tailed deer found on Iowa County farm February 5, 2016 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... The 2-year-old buck, which was born on the farm and killed after sustaining an injury, was one of only 15 deer reported to be on the 1-acre farm ...The owner keeps a small number of deer for public exhibition ...

Sixth white-tail deer diagnosed with chronic wasting disease February 5, 2016 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
...  a deer raised and harvested on a ranch in Medina and Uvalde counties has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the sixth case ... The discovery of the disease in captive-bred white-tail deer aggravated a rift between the state’s 1,300 deer breeders, who hold about 160,000 deer on fenced ranches, and other outdoor enthusiasts ...

Two deer shot in Allamakee County test positive for CWD February 5, 2016 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... these two year were in the same general vicinity that the infected deer have been found in the last two years... hen we have as many deer as we have in Wisconsin….that have tested positive for CWD, I think it’s not a huge leap to think that some of them have probably cross the river ...

...  the incidence of Chronic Wasting Disease should be 1 to 2% of the deer population; however Rogus told the forest preserve commissioners on January 13th that six out of 19 deer samples tested positive for CWD in the Oswego zone of Kendall County...

... A white-tailed deer on a quarantined farm in Iowa County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... the 2-year-old buck — which was born on the farm and killed after sustaining an injury — was one of 15 deer living on the one-acre farm...

Sioux City Journal 
... The disease [chronic wasting disease, CWD] was first discovered in Nebraska in 2000 in Kimball County. Since 1997, the state has tested nearly 49,000 deer, with 292 testing positive...
     Three positives for CWD found in recent testing of deer January 28, 2016 Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
... The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Nebraska deer has spread eastward, according to findings by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ... samples were taken from deer harvested in Boone, Nance and Harlan counties...

Professor pegs future of chronic wasting disease January 22, 2016 Great Falls Tribune
...  a herd at an Iowa ranch was depopulated after one of the animals tested positive for CWD ... After testing and euthanizing the entire herd, sadly a large percentage were identified as CWD positive. The silver lining was that 20 percent were negative, and we are currently looking at a genetic link to resistance in these animals...

... It has been 13 years since chronic wasting disease was discovered in Wisconsin... Despite fewer tests, the DNR’s research shows the disease is slowly spreading.  Since 2002, CWD prevalence within the state’s western monitoring area, which includes Iowa County, has shown an overall increasing trend in both sexes and all age groups...

Second CWD-positive deer found in Oneida County January 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The 5-year-old buck was shot at Three Lakes Trophy Ranch LLC in Three Lakes. The agency received the CWD-positive report on the animal Dec. 29...

A question of who's in charge January 16, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... In Pennsylvania ... 36 farms are under quarantine as a result of connections to CWD-positive animals. No deer can be moved on or off those properties.  But in each of the past five years, 200 or so deer have escaped captive facilities and not been recovered. And that's just counting those reported ...

DNR to hold CWD meeting in DeWitt Township Tuesday January 11, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
...“An archery hunter brought his deer from Watertown Township into a DNR check station to have it aged and receive a successful hunter patch. He wasn’t going to have it tested,” Stewart said. “We suggested that he test just in case. If he hadn’t agreed, we may not have found another suspect.” ...

Chronic wasting disease vaccine fails to offer solution January 4, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Researchers in Wyoming began testing the drug on 35 female elk in 2013. So far, according to a story on WyoFile, an online reporting service, it has made them seven times more likely to get CWD than otherwise...

Deer killed outside CWD zone in Clinton County may have disease December 30, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... a deer killed by a bow hunter in Watertown Township this month might have been carrying chronic wasting disease... it would be the fifth wild deer in the state to test positive ...

... Chronic wasting disease has been detected in some of Kentucky’s neighboring states ... It is a violation of Kentucky law to bring intact carcasses and some carcass parts from harvested deer and elk from CWD-positive states into Kentucky...

... Crawford already is designated as affected by chronic wasting disease because it is surrounded by affected counties.  Deer baiting and feeding are banned in affected counties, and there is a ban on transporting deer carcasses except between affected counties ...

DNR's not serious enough about CWD December 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Today’s DNR and Department of Agriculture seem more concerned about making deer farming affordable than they are about keeping a scientific handle on chronic wasting disease.  Last week, the DNR Board passed an emergency rule to let deer farmers opt out of the state’s CWD-monitoring program and not upgrade fences to comply with new federal standards...

Chronic Wasting Disease kills 19% of deer herd annually December 15, 2015 Wyoming, WyoFile 
... “I estimated that CWD was causing a 19 percent annual reduction in the population ...Potentially, in 41 years, it would be locally extinct.” ...  wildlife managers have long suspected CWD as a principle agent in the ravaged Converse herd ...

State considers mandatory testing of deer for chronic wasting disease December 15, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Missourian 
... Recommendations for mandatory testing for the disease were approved Friday by the Missouri Conservation Commission for counties in chronic wasting management zones... it was first detected in captive deer in Linn County in 2010...

Mixed reaction to DNR deer feeding ban December 10, 2015 Wisconsin, WAOW ·
... will ban deer feeding in some Central Wisconsin Counties next month after a penned deer with Chronic Wasting Disease was found at a ranch in Three Lakes ...

Latest Missouri CWD case could lead to another 'management zone' December 9, 2015 Missouri, St. Joseph Post
... Franklin County is the fourth county in Missouri from which a deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... We will ramp up our testing in Franklin County and neighboring counties... All Missourians are encouraged to report sick deer...

Deer baiting and feeding to be banned in three counties December 4, 2015 Iowa, The Northwoods River News
... Deer baiting and feeding will be a thing of the past in Vilas, Oneida and Forest Counties, according to DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz, after a captive deer in Oneida County tested positive for CWD. The deer came from the Three Lakes Trophy Ranch, LLC  ...

Michigan DNR to continue testing after 4th CWD case December 4, 2015 Detroit Free Press
... first confirmed case of CWD outside of Meridian Township ... “Genetic tests indicate that it’s not related to the first three deer, but we don’t know where it came from,”... 

4th Michigan deer had chronic wasting disease December 4, 2015 Detroit Free Press
... A deer killed in DeWitt Township tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... Three deer tested positive for the disease in Meridian Township earlier this year...

Disease Deadly To Deer Found In Fifth Missouri County December 4, 2015 Ozarks First
... The latest deer to test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease was shot by a hunter in Franklin County, just west of St. Louis. Since 2012 ... As of June, CWD had been found in 26 free-ranging deer and 11 captive deer...

CWD-positive white-tailed deer found on Oneida County hunting preserve December 3, 2015 Iowa, The Northwoods River News
... A white-tailed deer on an Oneida County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

CWD found in deer killed in Oneida County December 3, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... A captive white-tailed deer killed this fall at an Oneida County shooting preserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... As of this fall, the Department of Natural Resources considered 38 of the state's 72 counties "CWD-affected." ...

Wisconsin looks to relax deer farm fence regulations December 3, 2015 Lexington Herald Leader
...The exemption is meant to spare farmers the cost of complying with stiffer federal herd monitoring requirements to remain in the program, DNR officials say. Critics counter such a move could allow CWD to spread...

Chronic wasting disease November 27, 2015 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... A new case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered recently in a Park County white-tail deer in deer Hunt Area 112, southwest of Cody... A total of 1,632 deer, elk, and moose samples were analyzed in 2014 ... 110 tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Natural Deer Urine Attractants Illegal in Virginia November 24, 2015 Real Radio 804
... the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries adopted a new regulation effective this fall that made it illegal to possess or use deer scents and lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife in Virginia.. to help minimize the risk of introducing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into new areas in Virginia ...

Study explores deer-cat connection November 22, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... In a field study in northeastern Ohio, Ballash and colleagues found that more than 50 percent of 444 deer and 200 cats tested positive for Toxoplasma. Deer are most likely to be infected in areas with abundant free-roaming cat populations...  cats are the definitive host of Toxoplasma gondii, the protozoan parasite that causes toxoplasmosis ...

Not all deer news is good news November 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Hopes for a vaccine to prevent chronic wasting disease suffered a severe blow in late October when Wyoming researchers announced that elk inoculated with an experimental serum were at least three times more likely to contract CWD than unvaccinated elk...

...  The Meridian Township deer marked the second time CWD was identified in Michigan. In 2008, a single deer was found to be CWD-positive in a captive cervid facility in Kent County... In July, a 2-year-old buck found less than a mile from the initial CWD-positive female tested positive. In August, a 5-year-old CWD-positive female was found in close proximity to the other two... all related ...

Captive deer herd euthanized after CWD discovery November 19, 2015 Wisconsin, The Country Today
...  23 deer that were part of a captive deer herd near Fairchild tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a figure that could grow ... federal veterinarians and animal health technicians this week killed the entire captive deer herd at the farm about five miles north of Fairchild. A total of 228 deer — 163 adults and 65 fawns ...
     State kills 228 deer at game farm after CWD found November 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... State officials expressed a desire over the summer to depopulate the captive cervid facility owned by Richard Vojtik near Fairchild in southeastern Eau Claire County.  But the action was delayed as the state sought indemnity funding from a federal source. When it became clear in early October federal funds would not be available. DATCP decided to proceed with state funds ...

GFP giving deer tag refunds after series of deer deaths from diseaseNovember 18, 2015 South Dakota, Capital Journal 
... A total of 108 deer deaths appear to have been caused by hemorrhagic diseases in western Sully County this fall ...

Chronic Wasting Disease vaccine fails elk test November 17, 2015 Wyoming, WyoFile
...  The state wildlife veterinarian told Wyoming Game and Fish commissioners that a vaccine to fight Chronic Wasting Disease appears to have failed in a test among live elk... Dr. Mary Wood cautioned that her findings are preliminary

Suspected CWD found in DeWitt Township deer November 13, 2015 Michigan,  WLNS
... A hunter brought the deer into the DNR’s Rose Lake Station ...Tests are indicating that the deer could be the fourth case of CWD found in free-ranging deer in this area...

DCNR Wildlife Officials Keep Vigilant Watch on CWD November 12, 2015 Alabama, courierjournal
...  Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been found in Alabama or any of the surrounding states...The disease is always fatal. The animals basically waste away... Alabama has had a ban on the importation of deer and other cervids since the mid-1970s...

EHD, CWD are two diseases that can influence deer populations November 11, 2015 North Dakota, INFORUM 
... epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD ... not received any reports of dead deer that would indicate active EHD this fall... spread by biting midges... chronic wasting disease ...  has had seven positive animals — six mule deer and one white-tailed deer — all from deer hunting unit 3F2, which is south and west of the Missouri River and borders against South Dakota...

CWD Rules Amended November 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission is pulling back the ban that prohibited hunters from transporting into Pennsylvania the carcasses of deer, elk and other cervids harvested anywhere in the states of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.  The amended rules prohibit the importation only of cervid carcasses harvested within the areas in those states where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected.  In other states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, the importation ban applies to the entire state...

... Southeast Minnesota ...  chronic wasting disease was discovered in a deer near Pine Island in early 2011... More than 4,000 hunted deer later, there hasn't been a single new case of CWD, which led the DNR to stop monitoring the disease this upcoming hunting season...

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Devils Tower November 4, 2015 wyoming, Basinsradio
...  National Park Service (NPS) veterinarians recently confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck white-tailed deer at Devils Tower National Monument... it is not the first case in Crook County.  That case was detected only a few miles away, in 2008...

CWD Rules Expand November 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     High-risk deer parts no longer can be imported from Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia or West Virginia.  Pennsylvanians who hunt deer, elk or other cervids out-of-state might be affected by newly updated rules that prohibit the importation of specific high-risk cervid parts into Pennsylvania from states and provinces where chronic wasting disease has been detected.
     Ohio has been added to the list of states from which high-risk cervid parts – including the head and backbone – cannot be imported into Pennsylvania. The addition is in response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) being detected in Ohio for the first time in 2014.  Additionally, the import of high-risk cervid parts into Pennsylvania from the entire states of Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia is now prohibited.

Game and Fish Finds CWD In New Elk Hunt Area October 27, 2015 Wyoming Game and Fish Department
... Staff at the Game and Fish Department’s wildlife disease laboratory in Laramie confirmed the presence of CWD in a bull elk harvested on Oct. 7 near Deep Creek, in elk hunt area 21, which lies about 15 miles northeast of Baggs. Elk hunt area 21 overlaps with deer hunt area 82 where Game and Fish documented CWD in 2002. 

Ohio Wildlife Council Passes Rule to Help Monitor CWD October 23, 2015 Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
...  the creation of disease surveillance areas to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... regulations ... Required submission of harvested deer ... Prohibit the placement of or use of salt .. other feed to attract or feed deer ... Prohibit the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle ...

A smelly situation October 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader 
... Cottrell, who was the PGC’s wildlife veterinarian at the time, gave a presentation to the commissioners during the October 2009 board meeting about chronic wasting disease... He recommended the commissioners vote to ban the use of deer urine... since infected deer shed CWD prions in their urine ... They didn’t, and now the disease is present in the state...
     Waxing poetic on deer urine October 18, 2015 Ohio, Times Reporter
... a little dose of deer pee can be quite effective this time of year ... Over the past several years, the deer-urine business has seemingly exploded with new products and virtually every outdoors store has a large selection from which to choose...

North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove talks about deer diseases in North Dakota. - October 22, 2015


EHD cases in deer reported in Greenwood, Osage counties October 17, 2015 Kansas, The Emporia Gazette
... Cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in white-tailed deer populations have been reported in Greenwood (two), Osage (one) and Labette (one) counties... “It's a virus carried by a fly called a midge,” ...

Image of bluetongue-inflicted deer worth 1,000 words, but explanation still needed October 5, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
... A white tailed-deer struggles to get to its feet while clinging to life ... The most widespread outbreak of deer-killing disease [bluetongue] in the memory of area wildlife professionals. The disease has been confirmed in Eastern Washington, northcentral Idaho, northeastern Oregon and portions of western Montana...

Chronic wasting disease could affect state hunting October 4, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... The rapid spread of the disease is attributable to captive deer breeders and commercial hunt facility operators transporting infected deer to new areas, Gray said [deer program leader for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission] ... Troy Landry, star of the Swamp People television show, was cited in 2012 for transporting deer in Arkansas that he and his sons killed in Nebraska... Wisconsin has spent $49 million fighting CWD since 2002 ...

WSU lab confirms bluetongue virus killing deer, livestock September 30, 2015 Washington, WSU News
... The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory located in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed bluetongue virus (BTV) in 42 animals submitted from Washington and Idaho this fall.  All samples tested negative for epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHD)...

Scattered EHD Outbreaks Reported in 2015 September 21, 2015 Kentucky, QDMA.com
... Even in a mild year for EHD and bluetongue viruses, which 2015 appears to be, there are always a few dead deer to be found ... Kentucky’s Woodford and Anderson counties are seeing a relatively severe outbreak this year...

Bluetongue outbreak confirmed in Eastern Washington deer September 18, 2015 The Spokesman-Review
... Every year in late summer and early fall, some white-tailed deer are lost to bluetongue and a similar virus known as EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease)... the department does not know precisely how many deer have been affected ...

Escape of deer shows Wisconsin is failing to protect wild herd September 16, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection ... initiated a plan to kill the 167 deer remaining at the facility.  But the depopulation did not happen. In fact, the captive herd increased by nearly 50% with the birth of fawns... 12 deer escaped the facility on Sept. 9...

... The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announced that a captive white-­‐tailed deer in a Lavaca County deer breeding facility has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)... a result of testing trace out animals that originated from a Medina County index captive white-tailed herd ...

Drought-related blue-tongue outbreak killing area deer September 15, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
... White-tailed deer in the Spokane region are dying, perhaps by the hundreds, in an outbreak of a drought-related viral disease called bluetongue ...  once the disease take hold, the deer can die, often salivating excessively, within a few days...

... will we have a herd so stricken with chronic wasting disease that no one bothers hunting deer for meat? ... A year ago, the Dapertment of Natural Resources tested 5,460 deer for CWD ... a record 6 percent of them (331) tested positive... growing numbers of Wisconsinites are packing their freezers with untested venison from deer killed in the CWD-affected area ...

DEP warns of possibility of rare deer disease August 28, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
... be aware of any white-tailed deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, and to report any suspected instances since outbreaks typically begin in August... igns of the disease this time of year are difficulty standing, drooling, foaming from the mouth or a carcass with no apparent wounds near water...

... Currently, post-mortem testing of brain tissue is the only form of CWD testing approved by the USDA even though an effective, non-lethal alternative test exists.  A results of a study of rectal mucosa testing for CWD in white-tailed deer published by the USDA’s National Veterinary Research Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, shows extremely high diagnostic accuracy ...

... reports of dead or ill deer showing the symptoms associated with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also known as EHD, are filtering in from parts of the Clearwater basin... Deer with EHD may aspirate blood, but show few other signs...

... The first zone would cover parts of Homes and Wayne counties where two captive deer tested positive last October at World Class Whitetails, a deer farm and high-fence hunting operation.  Triggering the proposal were 17 additional deer testing positive for CWD in June after the World Class Whitetails herd of approximately 300 deer was euthanized...

Chronic wasting disease in deer can be managed August 20, 2015 Texas, The Times Herald 
... Years ago, mule deer were taken from northern Colorado — ground zero for CWD — and used in southern New Mexico to help declining populations of the animal. The first case of CWD in Texas came from animals that entered from New Mexico... Testing more wild deer and elk for CWD is a good first step. But researchers are working on live-animal CWD tests and vaccines...

State mandated killing of Texas breeder deer ongoing August 19, 2015 Lone Star Outdoor News
... Piles upon piles of dead white-tailed deer with their heads chopped off. The reason for the killing is state-mandated testing for Chronic Wasting Disease...

Private deer operations find new life in ruling by circuit court August 19, 2015 Missouri, The Kansas City Star 
... a Missouri circuit court issued late last week blocked enforcement of new regulations ... including prohibiting the importation of captive deer and other cervids into the state ... campaign to control the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

... The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory ...  does 15,000 CWD tests a year... deer at release sites are also going to need to be tested...

Officials Announce Testing Plan for Chronic Wasting Disease August 12, 2015 Texas, Timer-Warner Cable News
... Since a case of CWD was discovered at Hondo's Texas Mountain Ranch in June, all facilities that received deer from that ranch have been unable to move their deer... Under the new plan, most of the 1,300 deer breeders in Texas can gain movement qualified status by testing two or fewer animals...

Deer still alive on farm hit by CWD August 11, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader
... after chronic wasting disease was found at a Fairchild game farm, those ... 280 deer won’t be put down until federal agricultural officials come up with the money to compensate the game farm owner ... Two bucks that escaped from the farm remain at large ...

... Genetic analyses carried out by Michigan State University’s Molecular Ecology Laboratory indicated that all three positive animals were related as part of an extended family. Previous research has shown that the disease is often transmitted within family groups because of their close contact...

... CWD, not present in Michigan before this year ... All deer were discovered within a mile of one another, and genetic testing indicates all were related...

... Nearly 500 deer were killed at Yoder's preserve and breeding pen this summer, and each one of them was checked to see if it had become infected with CWD ... Up until last fall, CWD had never been found in any wild or farm-raised deer in Ohio, but the first case was documented last October at Yoder's World Class Whitetails of Ohio hunting preserve....

New CWD report gives hunters food for thought July 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The 2002 discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer near Mt. Horeb was a watershed event in Wisconsin wildlife history... researchers from Case Western Reserve University presented ... results indicate that the CWD prion has the potential to infect human (central nervous system) ...

Second Michigan deer turns up with Chronic Wasting Disease July 17, 2015 MLive 
... A second deer in Meridian Township has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease ... The deer who tested positive most recently was a two-year-old male found less than two miles from the first Michigan deer with the disease, a six-year-old female...

New rule changes raise eyebrows for Vermont hunters July 16,2015 Worcester Telegram & Gazette 
...  ban the use of deer urine as an attractant ... a response to the potential spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which currently plagues nearly two-dozen states. Not yet in New England, CWD would be a disaster for our whitetails...

... he found the dead deer in a pen with numerous others with its head stuck under a trough... it came back positive for CWD... he's sent nearly 900 deer to 147 facilities across the state...

Ten Deer Test Positive for CWD in 2014-2015 July 16, 2015 Kansas, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
     A total of 640 deer were tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2014-2015 seasons, and 10 of those were confirmed positive. Samples were obtained from deer killed by hunters in southcentral and southwest parts of Kansas and from sick and/or suspect deer observed in the eastern, northcentral and northwest parts of the state. The 10 confirmed positives included two mule deer, one from Rawlins County and one from Scott County; and eight whitetails including two from Decatur County and one from each of the following counties, Norton, Meade, Hodgeman, Pawnee, Kearny, and Gray.
     CWD testing began in 1996 to help track the occurrence of CWD in the state’s wild deer, and nearly 25,000 tissue samples have undergone lab analysis since. The first CWD occurrence documented in a wild Kansas deer was a whitetail doe killed by a hunter in 2005 in Cheyenne County. Seventy-four deer have tested positive since testing began, and most have occurred in northwest Kansas, specifically Decatur, Rawlins, Sheridan and Norton counties...

Escaped Captive Deer on the loose in Eau Claire County July 14, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     The state Department of Natural Resources is requesting the help of residents of Fairchild and Augusta and the surrounding areas to be on the lookout for two escaped ear-tagged captive white-tailed deer from a local captive deer facility. On June 24 the Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection [PDF] announced a captive white-tailed deer from a breeding farm in Eau Claire County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Chronic wasting disease found in captive Texas deer July 10, 2015 Magnolia Reporter 
... Texas officials have taken immediate action to secure all cervids at the Medina County breeder facility with plans to conduct additional investigation for CWD. In addition, those breeder facilities that have received deer from the Medina County facility or shipped deer to that facility during the last two years are under movement restrictions and cannot move or release cervids at this time....

Sick deer don't recognize state lines July 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... While the Pennsylvania agency can expand the zone to the west, it won’t expand it any further south than it already has because the zone touches the Maryland 
... Maryland’s CWD Management Zone, however, reaches only as far west as the Town Creek drainage...

      A two-year-old white-tailed deer in a Medina County deer breeding facility has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This is the first case of CWD detected in captive white-tailed deer in Texas. CWD was first detected in Texas in 2012 in free-ranging mule deer in the Hueco Mountains in far West Texas....

CWD remains serious point of concern in Midwest deer herd June 29, 2015 Illinois, Outdoor News 
... There were 59 cases of CWD confirmed during FY2014 – the most ever recorded since DNR [Illinois] began filing the reports in 2003. The state sampled 7,432 deer during FY2014, down from the 8,069 sampled in FY2013 and the 8,203 sampled in FY2012. The 59 cases came from 13 counties...

Plague confirmed in mule deer in Colorado Springs June 26, 2015 Colorado, Colorado Springs Gazette 
... It is rare to find it in a mule deer, said Tom Gonzales, deputy director of the health department. It is more common in prairie dogs, rabbits or squirrels...

... as of July 1, 2015, it will be illegal to possess or use deer scents/ lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting or scouting wildlife in Virginia.  This new regulation has been put into place to try to combat the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

Regulating deer key to preventing disease June 25, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online
... The NCWRC has a CWD-action plan that would attempt to kill hundreds of deer surrounding an outbreak area divided along county borders. In states where the disease has occurred, similar measures have not contained it and hunting related expenditures have dropped as much fifty percent due to deer hunters curtailing activity...

CWD finding leads to feeding, baiting ban in three counties June 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... A ban on deer feeding and hunting over bait in Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties will take effect Aug. 1 after a doe died of chronic wasting disease at a Fairchild area deer farm ... three bucks that escaped from the deer farm in May and still at large could be infected or exposed to CWD...

Ohio kills 510 deer for disease concerns June 17, 2015 Cincinnati 
... The deer were owned by Daniel Yoder, who was arrested in Holmes County in February on two counts of tampering with evidence — a third-degree felony — related to an investigation into how chronic wasting disease came to his property and spread...

...Lifting antler-point restriction and increasing availability of antlerless permits in key central and northeastern counties aim to slow the spread of deadly deer disease [chronic wasting disease] ... Young bucks can also potentially spread the disease to new areas as they search for territories and mates... “The challenge with CWD is that there is no way to fully eradicate the disease from an area once it has become established,” ...

Deer kill under way in Meridian Township June 4, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Less than a week after officials announced a diseased deer [chronic wasting disease] was found in Meridian Township, sharpshooters began killing deer in the township Wednesday... "We don't know how widespread the disease is and over what geographic area," Stewart said. "We'll start within two miles and go out from there." ...

Surprising’ Discovery Made About Chronic Wasting Disease June 1, 2015 Texas, Food Safety News 
... grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions...  the infectious prion proteins in plants that had been exposed to urine and feces from prion-infected hamsters and deer... plants can act as a carrier of CWD ... an infected animal can shed the disease a lot over a year (via urine and feces) ...

... There is no easy way out of this dilemma and options to control the spread of the disease are going to be brutal... All grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay, or any other food materials, whether natural or manufactured, which may lure, entice or attract deer are prohibited... The DNR asks help from the public and hunters in reporting deer that are unusually thin or exhibiting unusual behavior ...

State, region losing battle against CWD May 29, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... biologist Gary Alt ...  speaking at the National Deer Alliance "summit meetings"  ... wondered rhetorically if deer would still be on the landscape in two centuries. "What happens between now and then?" Alt said. "The jury's still out. But we shouldn't assume anything about CWD's long-term impacts on the species." ...

A former Pennsylvania Game Commission veterinarian impacts CWD fight May 29, 2015 Outdoor News
... even though scientists suspect that urine from CWD-infected deer have played a role in spreading the disease from Colorado east to Pennsylvania and beyond over the last 50 years – hunters are free to  sprinkle and dump deer urine originating from who knows where, wherever they please...

Hunters must step up to CWD threat May 28, 2015 Michigan, The Times Herald 
... chronic wasting disease will change the way some hunters pursue deer in Michigan... Baiting is banned in the new CWD Management Zone ... Salvaging road-killed deer in the CWD Zone is also prohibited... unlimited antlerless licenses will be available in hopes of drastically thinning the herd ...

... The Division of Wildlife will continue to do surveillance on Ohio's wild herd... a response ... can include a culling of the herd to reduce the spread of the disease.  There have been cases of the disease in captive herds in both Ohio and Michigan...

Meridian, DNR hustle to respond to deer wasting disease May 27, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Meridian Township is working closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to plan an immediate deer hunt and take other steps to try to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, officials say... "It is possible that it could be an isolated case ...
     Deer illness poses dire threat to Michigan May 27, 2015 The Times Herald 
...  For the first time in the state, a free-ranging deer was found to be suffering from chronic wasting disease... The DNR probably should have outlawed the captive deer trade when we had our first scare in 2008, when a deer from a privately owned Kent County facility tested positive.  Lobbyists objected ...

... A free-ranging deer in Meridian Township in Ingham County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... In 2008 a white-tailed deer from a privately-owned facility in Kent County tested positive for CWD...

... Thus far this year, 253 samples have been collected, including one that tested positive and is counted among the six new positives within DMA 2.  Since 1998, the commission has collected and submitted more than 52,000 wild deer and elk for CWD testing, with a total of 11 positive tests...

     Disease Management Area 2 again expanded due to new cases.  From the start of 2014 through the present, six additional cases of chronic wasting disease have been documented in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today.
All six deer to test positive were killed on highways within Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), the only area of the state where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in free-ranging deer.  None of the samples collected from deer or elk harvested by hunters anywhere in the state during the 2014-15 hunting seasons tested positive for CWD, and no road-killed deer or elk from outside DMA 2 tested positive...

No chronic wasting disease found in New York deer April 28, 2015 New York, Lake Placid News
... none of the more than 2,400 deer tested for chronic wasting disease during hunting season showed signs of the disease ...

Wasting disease prompts extreme measures April 27, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... chronic wasting disease.  In response to a positive case detected in Shenandoah County ...  licensed veterinary rehabilitators within those counties ... could no longer rehabilitate young deer — or fawns — in those counties... McRuer said that, while the Wildlife Center of Virginia does agree with the implementation of containment area ... “I think the answer is to allow fawns to be rehabilitated within the disease management zone, but they must be released within [that zone],” ...

Another case of CWD found April 23, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... a second captive deer herd after tests on a dead white-tailed deer from one of Daniel Yoder’s two breeding farms was confirmed positive for contagious fatal chronic wasting disease... , a Holmes County judge ruled there was enough evidence presented at a preliminary hearing Feb. 18 to have a grand jury review criminal charges filed against Yoder...

Arizona Deer, Elk Clear of Chronic Wasting Disease April 20, 2015 Willcox Range News
... Tests for the fatal neurodegenerative disease in 1,342 deer and elk have come back negative.  Currently chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado...

The threat of CWD in the Estes Valley April 13, 2015 Colorado, Estes Park Trail-Gazette
... a small biopsy of rectal mucosa tissue is taken and sent to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for analysis. The elk is given a radio transmitter collar and released. If the animal tests positive for CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease), it is located and culled from the herd... This technology represents a significant advance in live field testing for CWD...

... she's conducting experiments to find out if retinal tissue may be a valid means of surveillance for chronic wasting disease in deer.  She said she isn't ready to publish her results, but the data gathered so far looks promising...

State not doing enough about CWD April 10, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Michael Samuel, a University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor of wildlife ecology who studies CWD, said in a telephone interview Monday that there has been “very little” research funding from DNR. ... If the spread of the disease continues, he said, the disease, which is always fatal, will reduce the deer herd in Wisconsin...

Chronic wasting disease spreads to 6 more Kan. counties April 6, 2015 Kansas, Hutchinson News
... chronic wasting disease has spread to six counties in southwest Kansas.  The disease, which is fatal to deer and elk, had already been found in three northwest Kansas counties ...

Hunting ranch owners should be accountable April 2, 215 Utah, The Herald Journal
... A bull elk shot last fall on Rulon Jones’ Broadmouth Canyon Hunting Ranch tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This high fence ranch is located just south of Cache Valley... That farm-raised deer and elk are the most likely way CWD will make it to the windward side of the Wasatch Mountains in the next 10 years should make everybody stop and ponder...

Second Ohio white-tailed deer tests positive for deadly brain disease April 1, 2015 cleveland.com
... The first positive test ever for CWD in Ohio was from a deer killed Oct. 22 at Yoder's hunting preserve, World Class Whitetails. The second positive result came a few days ago while testing another Yoder deer that had died...

Wasting disease spreads through more western Kansas deer April 1, 2015 Kansas, Kansas.com
... of about 600 deer tested, nine carried the disease... New counties with the disease are Gray, Hodgeman, Kearny, Pawnee, Meade and Scott counties, with one deer each. Decatur, Norton and Rawlins counties in northwest Kansas each had one deer test positive from last fall’s samples...

Deer disease keeps worsening in Wisconsin, as predicted March 31, 2015 wisconsinwatch.org
...  In the 2014 season, which ended March 31, more than 6 percent of the roughly 5,400 deer tested were positive, a DNR tally shows. That’s an all-time high disease rate; as recently as 2008, it was below 2 percent... the disease rate among adult male deer has reached 40 percent in north-central Iowa County and around 25 percent in two other sectors...

State drought and exotic deer lice March 28, 2015 Colorado, Sterling Journal-Advocate 
... the first deer to be found in Colorado with exotic chewing lice was discovered east of Denver. Chewing lice, Bovicola tibialis, is a species of lice that comes from Europe. ... For more information on the exotic chewing louse

... year 2013 there were 3 elk confirmed positive for CWD in New Mexico...  two positive cases to date in deer in the state of New Mexico early 2014...

State's 1st case of exotic chewing lice confirmed in deer March 25, 2015 Colorado, 10 TV
... the deer, which has been euthanized, was found struggling to survive by a Watkins-area rancher Feb. 13...

Two Deer Test Positive for CWD March 23, 2105 North Dakota Game and Fish
... Two mule deer taken during the 2014 deer gun season from unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the State Game and Fish Department. The total now stands at seven deer to test positive for CWD since 2009, and all were from the same general area within unit 3F2. “This isn’t surprising, and the number of positives coming out of the area remains low,” Grove said, while mentioning both hunters were notified of the positive results... Since the Game and Fish Department’s sampling efforts began in 2002, more than 25,000 deer, elk and moose have tested negative for CWD...

CWD remains in Hueco Mountains — One positive test this season March 19, 2015 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... Chronic wasting disease was detected in only one of 222 tissue samples that were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans-Pecos ...  The disease has been detected in only seven animals, all within the Hueco Mountain area, indicating a disease prevalence of 10–15 percent within that population...

Chronic wasting disease a concern in Pa. March 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... The number of CWD infected deer has grown every year since 2012, and five more have just been added to the tally ...  five road-killed deer tested positive for CWD near the western edge of DMA 2 ...

11 new cases of CWD discovered March 14, 2015 Missouri, Daily Journal 
... These 11 new cases bring the total number of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 14 for this past season and 24 overall since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010 at a private hunting preserve in Linn County. CWD has also been found in 11 captive deer in Macon and Linn counties...

CWD news downright scary; DNR hoping no one will notice March 13, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... Despite sampling the second-lowest number of deer in Wisconsin’s 14-year CWD-testing program, state wildlife officials documented a record 6.1 percent disease rate for 5,414 tests in 2014. ...  a region covering northwestern Dane and northeastern Iowa counties has disease rates of 25 percent for adult bucks (2½ years and older) ...

CWD news downright scary; DNR hoping no one will notice March 13, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... Despite sampling the second-lowest number of deer in Wisconsin’s 14-year CWD-testing program, state wildlife officials documented a record 6.1 percent disease rate for 5,414 tests in 2014. ...  a region covering northwestern Dane and northeastern Iowa counties has disease rates of 25 percent for adult bucks (2½ years and older) ...

Disease outbreak prompts 'containment area' expansion March 5, 2015 Virginia, Fredericksburg.com
... The deer that prompted the expansion was a 2-year-old buck that was killed by a vehicle in Shenandoah County, close to the Frederick County line. Two other CWD-positive adult bucks were killed by hunters in eastern Frederick County ...

Deer disease detected in Shenandoah County March 4, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
     The slow progression of chronic wasting disease has made its way to Shenandoah County, and two positive cases were detected in Frederick County, near the West Virginia state line... This latest positive sample is the 10th confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in the state since it was first reported in 2009. ...

Fatal deer and elk disease moves toward Yellowstone Park March 4, 2015 Montana, Bozeman Daily Chronicle 
...  Wyoming Wildlife Advocates released a map of Wyoming showing the rapid spread of chronic wasting disease over the past decade. It also illustrates that fewer than 40 miles separate Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming’s elk feed grounds from known infected areas...

... Within the Southwest Wisconsin monitoring area, encompassing Northwestern Dane and Northeastern Iowa counties, prevalence was found to be 25 percent for adult (2.5+ years-old) male white-tailed deer, over 10 percent for adult female deer, roughly 8 percent in yearling males, and nearly 7 percent in yearling females.  According to Ryan, prevalence continues to increase within the department's long-term monitoring area in Southwest Wisconsin ...

3 new cases of chronic wasting disease detected in Va. deer February 28, 2015 Virginia, Washington Post
... three new cases of chronic wasting disease were detected in white-tailed deer in northwestern Virginia during the 2014 hunting season...

Perfect storm: Brainworm in Idaho's wildlife, Legislature February 26, 2015 Idaho Press-Tribune
... As Valley County veterinarians, we are alarmed about Idaho’s legislative rule proposal to downgrade meningeal worm restrictions for elk importation from east of the 100th meridian, essentially the eastern half of the U.S... Brainworm as a species is so successful that 80 percent of white-tailed deer in some eastern locations are infected...

Hunters to collect 200 Allamakee County deer samples February 22, 2015 Iowa, thegazette.com
... The effort will be limited to 30 square miles near Harpers Ferry where a wild deer tested positive for the disease during the 2013 hunting season and three more were found this past fall from hunter-harvested deer. [Deer must be killed to collect samples for CWD]

Canadian woman has the answer to tick infestations in wild moose February 22, 2015 British Columbia, Digital Journal
... Tick infestations in wild moose are so bad that the animals will rub the hair off their bodies try to get relief .... the powders work quite well ... she came up with the idea of putting the powder inside a paintball, in place of the paint, and shooting the powder paintball directly at the spot on the moose where the tick infestation was located...

Two deer confirmed to have TB in northeastern Michigan February 19, 2015 Michigan-Sportsman.com
... The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development declared two areas in Presque Isle County at high-risk for bovine tuberculosis last week after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed two white tailed deer were found to be infected...
... Following the state’s first CWD-positive test in a wild deer in 2013, three more were confirmed during the recently concluded deer season — all within a 5-mile radius near Harpers Ferry... 

Idaho wildlife official warns against changing elk importing rules February 17, 2015 The Spokesman-Review
... In two letters to the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore implored the agency to maintain its existing restrictions on importing domestic elk from areas that are endemic to meningeal worms.  “A few infected elk shedding a few larvae could infect native white-tailed deer ...

Chronic Wasting Disease reported in Weber County elk February 13, 2015 Utah, 
outbreaknewstoday.com
... The office of the Utah State Veterinarian confirms that one domestic bull elk has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  The discovery came following routine testing of a male elk that was harvested by a hunter at the Broadmouth Canyon Ranch in Weber County...

CWD could migrate to Hole February 4, 2015 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A whitetail deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, or CWD, outside of Meeteetse in November was shot less than 20 miles from winter range now occupied by Teton park mule deer... It’s unclear what efforts will be made to determine if Grand Teton park’s deer contract chronic wasting disease...

Chronic wasting disease identified in Hand Hills mule deer  February 1, 2015 Alberta, drumhellermail.com
...  The province has identified a mule deer caught in the Hand hills with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the first deer in the area to be confirmed with the disease... origins of the disease were traced to a U.S. government research facility in Colorado in 1967, and were sheep scrapies, a fatal, degenerative disease that affects the nervous systmes of sheep and goats, transferred to deer and mutated...

Chronic wasting disease creeping closer to SW Pennsylvania January 31, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Four of those deer were found close to where previous CWD-positive deer were discovered... The fifth deer was found along Route 220 in southern Bedford County. That still is within the disease management area but relatively far from where the other sick deer were confirmed... The deer's proximity to the western edge of the disease area likely will cause the commission to expand disease management area 2 westward ...

W.Va. dodges deer-farm disease bullet January 31, 2015 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette
... In the fall of 2013, the owner of a Greenbrier County facility asked the DNR for a permit to import a prime whitetail from World Class Whitetails ... He discovered that the facility’s records weren’t exactly current .. wanted the deal done in fairly quick fashion, so eventually the owner here decided to go another route ... On Oct. 21, a CWD-infected buck was discovered in the World Class herd ...

... A bull elk shot in a private northern Utah hunting park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... Confirmation of the neurological disease's presence means the approximately 20 wild deer and two moose fenced in on the Broadmouth Canyon Ranch in Liberty will have to be killed to be tested...
Six Deer Positive for CWD in Md. January 20, 2015 Maryland, WBOC TV 16
... Four more white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland have tested positive from chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... brings the total to six... harvested in the CWD Management Area in Allegany County ...

Elk euthanasia to begin soon in Southwest Washington January 18, 2015 Washington, The Columbian
... State Department of Fish and Wildlife employees soon will begin shooting emaciated elk that are suffering from hoof disease ... And dozens of volunteers will be asked to help count limping elk this spring as the agency continues it research on the disease afflicting many elk in Southwest Washington.  Biologists also will fit cow elk with radio collars and track them for years ...

... In October, chronic wasting disease, a mad cow-like brain disorder that kills deer, was found in Ohio for the first time... they aren't as afraid CWD will walk into the state; their primary worry is it will come in on a truck... Like 12 of the 23 states where CWD has been found, the first Ohio case cropped up in a commercial deer operation -- in which deer bred for enormous antlers are shipped to fenced hunting preserves ...

Results bring some optimism for CWD vaccine January 11, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a vicious, always-fatal malady affecting deer ... captive deer in Central New York have been afflicted... The New York, Colorado and Saskatchewan studies all showed progress toward treatment and cures, but none are an immediate fix...

Chronic wasting disease vaccine offers hope January 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Thomas Wisniewski, the four-year study's senior investigator and a neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center ... in a news release, he said inoculating even 10 percent of the deer herd that way would “induce herd immunity.”  That might not equate to eliminating the disease, they said, but it could “inhibit the current rapid spread of CWD ...

Chronic deer disease marches closer to Yellowstone January 6, 2015 Wyoming, WyoFile
...  Wyoming Game and Fish identified seven new deer-hunt areas in 2014 where deer are infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, including one area within 40 miles of Yellowstone National Park.  The number is almost double the normal annual increase ...

... The first cases of CWD was detected in 2010 and 2011 in captive deer at a private game hunting preserve near the Lynn and Macon county line, with the first positive case in free ranging herd in 2011.  The newest positive case has been found in Adair County and is the 11th deer in the free ranging herd...

Buck Fever: Ohio deer case renews criticisms of trophy buck shipments December 27, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Like 12 of the 23 states where CWD has been found, the first Ohio case cropped up in a commercial deer operation — in which deer bred for enormous antlers are shipped to fenced hunting preserves ... The preserve was a known risk ... calls into question the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's CWD monitoring program meant to keep interstate shipments safe...

... The recent discoveries put the disease as far west as Meeteetse and Lander... Wildlife managers and advocates are wary that the disease might infect elk west of the divide where many are concentrated on feedgrounds in the winter...

Couple shares experience involving deer diseas, CWD November 2, 2014 Iowa, The Miami Herald
... In July 2012, a buck harvested the preceding December at the couple's hunting preserve in Davis County in southern Iowa tested positive for CWD (chronic wasting disease) ... All 356 deer were killed in August (2014) with 284, or 79 percent, testing positive for CWD... she questions why Iowa's CWD response plan wasn't followed...

Iowa deer farm exposes dangers of CWD October 12, 2014 Jefferson City News Tribune
... The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recently announced 284 of 356 captive deer at a single captive deer farm tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  Back in July of 2012, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, IA confirmed a positive CWD case. It was a buck killed on a shooting ranch ... 

Iowa hasn't learned from diseased deer lessons October 4, 2014  DesMoinesRegister.com
... When Chronic Wasting Disease was first discovered on the Hall Deer Farm in Wisconsin in 2002, litigation delayed removal of the deer for nearly five years ... A year ago, CWD was detected in wild deer immediately adjacent to the Hall Deer Farm in Wisconsin... In 2012 CWD was detected on the Brakke Deer Farm in Iowa. Two years of litigation elapsed before the facility was depopulated... 

Missing deer mystery unleashes litigation July 14, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... Hodge himself was lying dead in the woods. Exactly where the does ended up remains unclear... Called CWD, it is to deer what mad cow disease is to cows. Officials wanted to find the does and kill them before CWD became an epidemic in Louisiana... Exactly where the does ended up remains unclear...

US Agency Finalizes Deer Disease (CWD) Rules May 1, 2014 Courthouse News Service
... The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tuesday, finalized a rule meant to prevent the spread of a disease similar to mad cow disease found in deer and elk.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) affects deer, elk and moose, and is related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease... The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued the final version of aregulation ...

If the deer has a prion disease, will you catch it?, Chronic Wasting Disease,  January 16, 2014 Examiner.com
... Scientists still don't know whether eating that deer in the process of developing prion-caused brain and body wasting disease someone recently hunted can be passed to humans. … New research ... has uncovered a quality control mechanism in brain cells that may help keep deadly neurological diseases in check for months or years, says a January 16, 2014 news release, "Prion discovery could help keep deadly brain diseases in check."  ...  and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk ...

... Since the disease was first detected in Wisconsin in 2002, the state has conducted what can best be described as an eradication campaign ... A report issued in 2010 concluded that: “.. controlling CWD in free-ranging whitetails will be extremely challenging.” ... Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department has written that “... eradication is not a realistic disease management objective.”  So instead of gunning all animals down in the disease area ... liberalizing harvest quotas in the areas where the disease shows up... [click graph for larger image]


(This is NOT wasting disease. After some research, I found the following about the deer's condition.) "Cutaneous fibromas (warts) are caused by a naturally occurring virus of the deer's skin. The virus that causes these unsightly warts in deer is believed to be transmitted through biting insects and/or direct contact with damaged skin. Once the virus enters the skin, warts begin to form. As the warts increase in size, the skin surrounding them is typically hairless and grayish in color. The number of warts on an infected animal can vary from one to several hundred, they can sometimes clump, and can in some cases end up covering much of the deer's body. For the most part, these warts will not cause a white-tailed deer any major problems. However, sometimes the growth of the wart can indirectly cause problems by restricting the consumption of food or the deer's breathing. Although death from fibromas in deer can occur, death from warts is not always imminent it seems. There have been many hunter testimonials of white-tailed deer with warts "shaking them off," so to speak. I can't say for sure." - October, 2013



Mystery Virus Kills 200 Wild Deer in Northern California September, 1993. Marla Cone, Times Environmental Writer An estimated 200 wild deer, mostly fawns, have died after being stricken by an unknown virus in suburban and remote mountain areas of Northern California, state wildlife officials reported Friday.

Deer have equine encephalitis September 24, 2005 Michigan BY ERIC SHARP FREE PRESS COLUMNIST
The mysterious disease that has affected deer in Kent County has been solved. State veterinarians say it is eastern equine encephalitis, sometimes found in horses but identified only once before in wild whitetails in the United States . . . residents of the southwest Michigan county have reported seeing deer stagger, drool, grow thin and lose fear of humans before dying.

Parapoxvirus Infections Caused by Contact With Deer 12/30/2010 MedPage Today In 2009, the CDC confirmed infections with parapoxvirus in two deer hunters in the eastern US, according to a brief report. ...