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Deer Disease News from 2019



Deer Test Positive for CWD December 25, 2019 Wyoming, Sheridan Media 
... recent big batch of test results from animals harvested during the Montana hunting season have turned up 16 new positives for Chronic Wasting Disease... More than 7,000 animals have been sampled statewide and 131 tested positive..,

Minnesota DNR halts deer movement between farms December 23, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday imposed an emergency rule to stop the movement of farmed deer in the state in an effort to halt the spread of chronic wasting disease...

In vitro detection of haematogenous prions in white-tailed deer orally dosed with low concentrations of chronic wasting disease  EE McNulty, AV Nalls, R Xun, ND Denkers, EA Hoover… - Journal of General Virology, 2019 Colorado
... Our study demonstrated in vitro detection of amyloid seeding activity (prions) in buffy-coat cells harvested from deer orally dosed with low concentrations of CWD positive (+) brain (1 gr and 300 ng) or saliva (300 ng RT-QuIC equivalent). These findings make possible the longitudinal assessment of prion disease and deeper investigation of the role haematogenous prions play in prion pathogenesis...

CWD matter tops strategic deer plan December 22, 2019 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
... the team left no doubt that chronic wasting disease is now the primary driver... To mitigate potential for spreading disease, the AGFC's deer managers prefer a young buck population... The deer biologists said if hunters don't kill off mature bucks, chronic wasting disease will do it instead...

CWD-positive deer shot in Val Verde County  December 20, 2019 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... A free-ranging 5 ½-year-old deer taken between Del Rio and Amistad Reservoir has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, making it the first confirmed case of the disease in Val Verde County...

Support chronic wasting disease research December 18, 2019 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... There are at least six bills in Congress (three paired House/Senate bills) proposing federal support for CWD research and management to assist hunters, farmers, processors and those who simply enjoy venison. Each pair of bills has value. S. 382 and H.R. 837 support a study by the National Academy of Sciences. This, however, potentially delays action as there already is a significant body of research. S. 689 and HR 1550 promote immediate action to assist with surveillance and containment ...

Following the herd December 18, 2019 Wyoming, Buffalo Bulletin
...  health of the Upper Powder River mule deer herd and the unit’s birthing, feeding and migrating conditions. ... chronic wasting disease and emaciation is the leading cause of death for radio-collared deer, with eight confirmed positives. Two more died from CWD causing emaciation and were killed by predation. Three of the deer were killed from emaciation not attributed to CWD, and predation. Two deer were likely killed by mountain lions. Two of the deer died from pneumonia. One deer fell off a short, steep cliff and died from trauma and one cause of death is unknown...

White-tailed deer in southwest Montana tests positive for CWD December 18, 2019 Montana, The Montana Standard
... The first detection of chronic wasting disease in southwest Montana showed up in a white-tailed deer harvested by a hunter in the Ruby Valley during the general hunting season...

The scary science behind chronic wasting disease December 15, 2019 Montana, Billings Gazette
... The Alliance for Public Wildlife estimates that 7,000 to 15,000 CWD-infected animals are consumed annually ... although CWD has also been detected in moose in Norway, the CWD there apparently has a different source than North America... [Debbie McKenzie, an associate professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta] ...

Confirmed CWD cases are on the rise in Mississippi December 17, 2019 Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... "We have 12 (new) cases," said Russ Walsh, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Wildlife Bureau chief of staff. "Ten are in the process of being confirmed...

Regulators to deer farmers: Stop moving deer around (please) December 16, 2019 Minnesota, TwinCities.com
... Minnesota regulators have asked the state’s deer farmers to stop transporting deer in and out of their farms for a month while investigators trace a new case of chronic wasting disease on a deer farm in western Minnesota...

Amendments to wildlife regulations proposed December 12, 2019 Kentucky, SurfKY News (blog)
...  recommended two changes to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease into Kentucky... only allow deboned meat, antlers, antlers attached to clean skull, a clean skull, clean upper canine teeth, hides and finished taxidermy products to be brought into Kentucky...  would require double fencing on all new and expansions of existing captive cervid facilities ...

Wild deer tests positive for CWD in Sheboygan County December 13, 2019 Wisconsin, WBAY
... harvested in Plymouth township.  This is the first wild deer to test positive for CWD in Sehboygan County. The doe was harvested within 10 miles of Fond du Lac County...

Martha's Vineyard, State Biologists Investigate Spate of Young Deer Suffering From Paralysis December 10, 2019 Massachusetts, The Vineyard Gazette 
... Six fawns have been found on Martha’s Vineyard suffering from a mysterious paralysis ... all button bucks ... unable to use their front and back legs, unable to move or get up. . . Their belly is on the ground — but they are able to keep their head up,” ...

CWD Detected in Harding, Meade and Tripp Counties December 10, 2019 South Dakota, GFP News
... One male mule deer from both Harding and Meade counties tested positive, while three male and one female white-tailed deer were positive from Tripp County...  we did expect to find CWD in new areas with the increased sampling and testing effort ...
     What does first-ever CWD positive deer in Douglas County mean for the area? December 10, 2019 Minnesota, Echo Press
... “This farm was in compliance with all of our laws regulating farm cervidae,” Wheeler said. “The fences had been inspected this year, and he was in compliance.” ... the doe that tested positive for CWD has lived on the farm in Douglas County since February of this year after being moved from another Minnesota farm...

CWD Detected in Harding, Meade and Tripp Counties December 10, 2019 South Dakota, GFP News
... One male mule deer from both Harding and Meade counties tested positive, while three male and one female white-tailed deer were positive from Tripp County...  we did expect to find CWD in new areas with the increased sampling and testing effort ...

Controversial “Dr. Deer” stirs the pot in Minnesota's CWD disease zone December 7, 2019 Minnesota, Spring Hill Insider
...  James “Dr. Deer” Kroll ... said CWD has the potential to crop up anywhere, perhaps spontaneously and unrelated to herd density. In the long run, he said, natural selection could take care of the disease when more deer develop resistance to it.  Michael Samuel, a researcher and University of Wisconsin wildlife ecologist, told Kroll during the question and answer session that he and others who have been heavily involved in the study of CWD inside Wisconsin’s disease zone don’t share his views...

... A new case of chronic wasting disease has been found in Independence County. A hunter-harvested white-tailed deer taken east of Oil Trough tested positive for the disease...

... A tissue sample from a road killed deer collected on the south side of Sioux City is undergoing a follow up test for chronic wasting disease after its initial results showed a high likelihood that the disease was present. If confirmed, Woodbury County would become the fifth Iowa county where a wild deer has tested positive for the always fatal disease...

Chronic wasting disease found in Shelby County, none found in Middle Tennessee December 3, 2019 Tennessee, Columbia Daily Herald
... The CWD-positive deer confirms Shelby County’s transfer from a high-risk CWD county to a CW-positive county joining Tipton, Fayette, Madison and Hardeman counties along with parts of neighboring Mississippi...

Three deer harvested in Region 7 suspect for CWD November 29, 2019 Montana, Ekalaka Eagle
... Samples from three deer harvested in southeast Montana have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. These are the first positive results in the southeastern corner of the state... 

Chronic Wasting Disease hits elk in Montana November 27, 2019 Explore Big Sky
... For the first time ever, Chronic Wasting Disease has been confirmed in a wild free-ranging elk in Montana. At the same time, Wyoming Game and Fish has announced that tissue samples tested for mule deer bucks near Lander show that 50 percent came up CWD positive ...

... chronic wasting disease has been found in captive whitetail deer on two separate farms in Van Buren County in southeastern Iowa..,
     Chronic wasting disease confirmed in two captive white-tail deer farms in southeast Iowa November 22, 2019 Iowa, Des Moines Register on MSN.com
... Officials will destroy the captive white-tail deer herds on two separate southeast Iowa farms where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed ... The last confirmed case in Iowa was in Buchanan County in 2016..,

... A deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Dunn County, Wisconsin ...

Chronic wasting disease discovered in Jackson County deer November 22, 2019 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal
... Samples collected from a sick deer found south of Long Valley in southern Jackson County shows that it was in the late stages of chronic wasting disease...  whitetail buck was approximately 3 ½ years old ...

Deer with chronic wasting disease found in Shelby County November 21, 2019 Tennessee, WREG
... Shelby County was a high-risk CWD county before this deer tested positive. The county joins nearby Fayette, Tipton and Hardeman counties as CWD-positive...

Hunters hit the woods for firearms deer season November 16, 2019 Michigan, WOOD-TV
... A new antler point restriction in Montcalm, Mecosta and Ionia counties is part of a multi-year study that will analyze a possible correlation between CWD prevalence and specific restrictions.  For the first time, hunters in those counties can only shoot bucks with at least four points on one antler. A 6-point that has three on each side is not legal...

Deer tests positive for CWD in Eau Claire County November 13, 2019 Minnesota, WQOW
... Officials said a buck harvested in October tested positive for CWD, the fourth such case in the county since the fall of 2017...

Deer near Clark, Wyoming, test positive for CWD November 11, 2019 Billings Gazette
... Several deer killed north and northeast of Clark, Wyoming, in the Badger Basin and Big Sand Coulee areas south of the Montana border have tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Winona culls deer park herd November 11, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Post
... In an admittedly contentious decision, the City Council voted in August to close the deer park. Council members Paul Schollmeier and Pam Eyden argued it is only a matter of time before CWD reaches the deer park. If the park were infected, the land would have to be quarantined for five years — leaving it unusable as a city park...

Elk hoof disease research underway November 7, 2019 Washington, The Wahkiakum County Eagle
... The disease attacks the hooves of elk, eating away the foot and causing them to walk on soft tissue... first observed in southwest Washington ... Residents of southwest Washington have noticed a decrease in numbers of elk ...

Spread of CWD remains unclear November 3, 2019 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... “Most scavengers eat meat and a glob of meat would not contain many infected prions. But yes, eyeballs, we know crows, preferentially eat those and those are high in infected prions... In general, we are looking at a prevalence rate, or infection rate, of CWD in deer populations in Blair, Bedford and Fulton counties of approximately 4.5%,” Vreeland said.

Rare virus found in a deer in Luzerne County November 3, 2019 Pennsylvania, CitizensVoice
... the deer — a doe — stood with its head down and didn’t respond when humans approached ... infected with Eastern equine encephalitis... EEE has also been found in captive pheasants in Monroe County, horses in Carbon County and two wild turkeys in Erie County... the first instance of EEE in wildlife in the area ...

Chronic wasting disease spreads to deer in Bennett County November 1, 2019 South Dakota, Argus Leader
... Bennett County is now considered a chronic wasting disease endemic area after samples collected from a sick deer found south of Martin confirmed the deer was in the late stages of the disease ...

Poll: Most Wisconsin Voters Believe CWD Isn't Increasing October 23, 2019 Wisconsin Public Radio News
... The Marquette University Law School Poll shows 46 percent believe CWD has stayed the same, 27 percent believe it's increasing and 7 percent believe it's decreasing...

WGFD biologist presents updates on mule deer study October 25, 2019 Wyoming, The Sheridan Press
... From 1985 to 2018, biologists have seen a decreasing trend of mule deer populations ...  Of the 70 adult, female mule deer who were initially collared as part of the initiative in 2018, 12% tested positive for CWD...

Mule Deer Tests Positive for Wasting Disease October 24, 2019 Wyoming, Sheridan Media
... a buck mule deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Deer Hunt Area 50 in the Bighorn Mountains...  has been previously documented in deer in three adjacent hunt areas ...

... A 2-year-old, hunter-harvested doe from Hamilton Township, in Gratiot County, Michigan, recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease – the second confirmed CWD-positive wild deer from that county....

Chronic Wasting Disease detected in McKenzie County October 21, 2019 North Dakota, Williston Daily Herald
... Two mule deer taken in September have tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... where CWD had not previously been found ... the first detection of CWD in the badlands...

... more than 30,000 moose tick larvae have taken up residence at the lab, and Sullivan and her advisors, entomologists Bruce Parker and Margaret Skinner, have demonstrated that natural bio-pesticide formulations containing fungi like Metarhizium anisopliae have the potential to derail the moose tick epidemic...

Mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease testing required for Mule Deer October 10, 2019 Colorado, Monte Vista Journal
... Deer CWD Testing in 2019. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing for deer (bucks and does) is free for all rifle season hunters and hunters with a season choice tag who have harvested a deer in the following Game Management Units ...

New regulation will impact hunters next year October 7, 2019 South Dakota, Kotatv
...  focused on stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease ... The disease is causing the state deer population to decline as it continues to spread...

... needed at least 1,000 degrees — near the melting point of aluminum — to kill what he was hunting this day: prions, the deformed brain and nerve cells of deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease... They’re discovering there is no perfect, affordable way to dispose of deer carcasses potentially infected with chronic wasting disease...

... Wildlife officials will now establish a new CWD management zone to include all of Yellowstone County and a portion of Big Horn County north of Interstate 90 and west of the Bighorn River...

An example of how Chronic Wasting Disease can be spread to countries outside the U.S.  Deer head seized at Manila Port, handed over to DENR September 25, 2019 Philippines, YAHOO!
... The Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over on Tuesday (September 24) to the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) a piece of deer head smuggled into the Philippines without the necessary import permit...

... even more deer have tested positive in the last month ... discovered in Tennessee in 2018 ... TWRA expects a sharp rise in the number of cases ...

Municipalities, landowners, not pleased with Québec deer management plan September 16, 2019 Quebec, The Review Newspaper
... In response to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a domestic red deer herd in Boileau in 2018 ...  measures to maintain a low-density deer population in the southern Laurentians in order to reduce contact between animals and prevent any undetected cases of CWD from spreading...

Chronic Wasting Disease in SE Minnesota September 16, 2019 MInnesota, Fillmore County Journal`    
... CWD was first discovered in Colorado in the 1960s.  Since then, it has spread into 26 U.S. states (especially in the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest) and southern Canada.  There have also been confirmed cases in Norway, Finland and South Korea.  Some of this long-distance transmission has been attributed to elk farms or deer farms that have shipped in animals from the USA...

... a 3-year-old doe that appeared to be sick. She was found approximately eight miles from the Arkansas border...

Deer baiting and feeding ban starts in four northwestern Wisconsin counties August 2, 2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The DNR announced the ban Friday afternoon, and it began Sunday.  It is caused by the finding of chronic wasting disease in a bull elk at Smoking Gun Elk, an elk breeding farm northwest of Shell Lake.  State law requires the DNR to enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, We're the Wolves Now August 28, 2019 Montana, 
Flathead Beacon
.... One theory is that wolves may be a natural, biological control over the spread of CWD by targeting the sick and weak, thinning the herd of infected animals. Someday we may have an answer to that theory, but the presence of wolves in the country surrounding Libby wasn’t enough to prevent the disease from arriving in the first place...

Burnett County elk had CWD August 29, 2019 Wisconsin, Duluth News Tribune
... confirmed to have been carrying chronic wasting disease ...  a 6-year-old bull elk from a breeding farm in Burnett County ...The state has quarantined the farm, and the remaining five elk in the herd ...

CWD Hunt Aims To Inform FWP Disease Management Strategies August 19, 2019 Montana, Montana Public Radio
... The hunt isn’t intended to eradicate CWD in the management zone, which encompasses the 10-mile radius around Libby, but it could help managers understand CWD’s prevalence. Five white-tails have tested positive so far...

Hunters call for steps to stop 'Zombie deer disease' epidemic August 19, 2019 Saskatchewan, Yahoo News Canada
... In 2018, hunters harvested 34,930 white-tailed and mule deer in Saskatchewan, according to government records. Of those, only a small fraction of heads were submitted for testing — 2,000 samples or roughly six per cent.  Of those, about 17 percent of the submitted samples tested positive for CWD ...

Weaning Jackson elk off refuge feed may start this winter August 12, 2019 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... In a worst-case scenario, the refuge’s prized winter range will become an infected area where wildlife congregate, leading to the long-term decline of a diseased Jackson Elk Herd. But the fate of the refuge still remains uncertain since CWD and wild, fed elk have never before mixed...

... In 2017, there were 100,000 deer tested nationwide, but nearly 25,000 of those were tested in Missouri alone. Prior to 2015, Tennessee was testing only a few hundred samples per year ... Transporting dead deer—especially with brain and spinal tissue—from a CWD-positive area is believed to be a primary vector for spreading the disease...

Step inside Minnesota's only lab for detecting CWD — the mad cow disease of deer August 7, 2019 MinnPost
... While sales of deer hunting licenses dropped 4.6 percent in Minnesota over the last two years, they fell as much as 11.5 percent in regions known to have CWD. The deer hunting industry generates more than $500 million for the state’s economy each year and helps pay for the budget at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...

Libby to cull urban deer, sets special hunt August 2, 2019 Montana, Missoulian
...While the state agency is finalizing details of the Special CWD hunt in the Libby area, it plans to offer 600 white-tailed deer antlerless B licenses in the management zone ... “CWD is the most serious threat to our big game herds and it demands aggressive action,” ...

Colorado may go proactive on CWD August 2, 2019 Rapid City Journal
... a 10-fold increase in the White River mule deer herd  ... The agency's response plan is to target adult males, or bucks, which become infected at higher rates than young deer and does...

Chronic wasting disease and deer season 2019: What you need to know August 1, 2019 Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... The bag limit for antlerless deer on private land will be five in all zones except the Southeast Zone ...  the bag limit and antler requirements were changed to help manage chronic wasting disease ... " ... when prevalence (of chronic wasting disease) reaches a certain point you start seeing a decline (in population)," ...

Chronic wasting malady threatening deer, other herds July 28, Colorado, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... Mandatory testing wildlife officials required of hunters in 2017 for male deer taken in that herd area showed a 15.3% prevalence of the disease among tested animals, compared to just 1.5% in 2003. Prevalence in two other herds was 12% and 10%, respectively... Chronic wasting disease occurs far more commonly in adult than young deer and about twice as frequently among bucks than does ...

New regulation for use of natural deer lures and attractants in SC July 24, 2019 South Carolina, Manning Live
... in the 2019-2020 South Carolina deer season, it is illegal to possess or use ... any substance or material that contains or purports to contain any excretion collected from a cervid (deer) including urine, feces, blood, gland oil, or other body fluid... The infectious proteins (i.e., prions) known to transmit CWD have been found in the urine ...

Experts call for action on chronic wasting disease July 23, 2019 CIDRAP
... Zabel explained that when hunters kill a deer or an elk, they often leave the gut pile intact in the forest or field. "They largely leave the most infectious tissues in the pile, and there is currently no way to clean those up or remediate the environment," he said. "There's nothing we are doing." ...

...A  plan is in place in case chronic wasting disease comes to Alabama - and that even reindeer are being barred from crossing state lines for Christmas programs... CWD, is the top priority with Conservation at this time...

... a pilot smartphone app that will prevent hunters from completing electronic registration until they enter the county, village or other location information... considering automated sample turn-in stations where hunters could enter precise location information...

'Dr. Deer' Addresses Sportsmen on CWD and Herd Culling July 18, 2019 Pennsylvania, Morrisons Cove Herald 
...  "deer eradication programs have been failures and will be elsewhere if attempted. Deer eradication does not work in combatting CWD." [Dr. James Kroll] ...One surprising statement he made is that supplemental feeding, which is now discouraged in Pennsylvania, could possibly be helpful in the battle against CWD since it could spread deer out...

DNR shifts focus from regulations to researching CWD July 16, 2019 Wisconsin, WXOW.com
...  The Department of Natural Resources is shifting focus to researching chronic wasting disease instead of implementing restrictions on deer farmers... Currently, 56 of 72 Wisconsin counties have deer infected with CWD...

Chronic Wasting Disease cases have more than doubled in a year July 15, 2019 Pennsylvania, Allentown Morning Call
... According to the PGC, the disease was detected in 123 free-ranging deer over the past year, bringing the total number of cases to 250 since CWD was first discovered in 2012... Some of the most recent DMA expansions result from what we term as ‘flyers’ – CWD-positive deer that pop up a considerable distance away from the next known positive ...

... advocates are charging that the current approach by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is putting the public at risk by allowing deer meat that could be infected with CWD to be sold to unsuspecting customers... a recent public letter signed by scientists and economists demanding stricter controls on CWD ...

WSU building elk hoof disease research center July 12, 2019 Washington, Deer Park Tribune
... The state of the art facility will house captive elk needed to study the disease in a secure, controlled environment.  The four-acre elk research facility includes 10 isolation pens, a handling facility, and two 1.5-acre holding pastures ...

CWD research at Buckhorn Flats July 12, 2019 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Lead researcher Rob Michitsch, an associate professor of soil and waste resources at UW-Stevens Point, will study how CWD behaves in the environment and if composting could be a viable way to dispose of CWD-infected carcasses in the future...

DNR proposes mandatory wasting disease tests July 9, 2019 Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Journal
... hunters in parts of western Wisconsin be required to have deer they shoot inspected for chronic wasting disease during the gun season this fall... In 2018, the state and federal governments paid Wisconsin deer farmers more than $330,000 in compensation after wiping out herds they feared were CWD-infected...

Bayfield County Committee Recommends Local Regulation Of Deer Farms June 2, 2019 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... "Bayfield County wants ... make sure that our deer population stays healthy and, hopefully, free of chronic wasting disease," ... presented its final report with a list of nine recommendations that include adopting local regulations that would require added fencing of new deer farms and place limits on the movement of live animals ...

WY Game and Fish Hears Public Concerns Regarding CWD July 1, 2019 Wyoming, laramielive.com
... “Right now, the big concern is whether or not CWD will get into the feed grounds and what the dynamics of the disease will be when that happens... we have CWD endemically in deer and elk in southeastern Wyoming, and the populations do grow a little less robustly because of the Chronic Wasting Disease, but there are still viable populations ...

... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has reduced the number of counties in its management zone for chronic wasting disease (CWD) from 48 to 29, following recent research that shows the majority of buck’s disperse less than 25 miles in Missouri...

... chronic wasting disease (CWD) — was detected in a Quebec deer farm... 3,000 deer in the herd. Eleven tested positive for CWD. The rest  ... tested negative and were released into the food chain... "A negative test result does not guarantee that an individual animal is not infected with CWD." ...

... Five years of data (collected from 2013–2018) revealed that brainworm is responsible for 25-33 percent of moose mortality in the declining Minnesota population... Brainworm is spreading to moose in northern Minnesota by the increased population of white-tailed deer ...

... $15 million in funding for a federal study on preventing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the cervid population was included in a broader federal spending bill that passed the U.S. House on Thursday...

A field test for fatal deer disease is just months away June 18, 2019 Minnesota, Post Bulletin
... Their proposed tool would use flow cells, which are used in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease research in humans. And the device that fits in the palm of your hand would detect CWD prions in samples of blood, saliva, urine or deer droppings...

Wisconsin is failing badly at CWD management June 15, 2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  the money [$100,000] earmarked for monitoring and testing deer for CWD is going to deer farmers ... These same deer farmers fight efforts to prevent their deer from escaping onto Wisconsin’s landscape, carrying disease to the wild deer herd...

Deer chronic wasting disease spread making biologists and lawmakers wary June 14, 2019 North Carolina, northcarolinahealthnews.org
...  has not yet been detected in North Carolina ... According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, modeling shows big declines, or even localized extinction of affected animals, over a period of 50 to 200 years following the arrival of the disease...

... led by Professor Glenn Telling, have developed a new gene-targeted approach to study chronic wasting disease in mice, allowing opportunities for research that has not previously existed... The study was published May 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

... There are places in the state that have up to 60 percent prevalence in deer herds... CWD is predominantly here in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It’s starting to move up toward the Big Horn Basin, the Black Hills, and only a few confirmed cases in western Wyoming ...

... “Our research shows it is highly unlikely that the spread of CWD to some new areas of the state is from the natural movement of deer ... We have found some new cases of CWD more than 60 miles from any other known cases... we do know that deer rarely travel that far on their own. That leaves people as the most likely way the disease is spreading that far.” ...

... Chronic Wasting Disease was recently found in a white-tailed doe that was killed within the city limits of Libby. Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials collected the doe after residents reported seeing a very emaciated and sick-looking deer..,

Legislature bans most deer from being brought into the state May 28, 2019 Alabama, Alabama Political Reporter
... this bill was a recommendation of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is being recommended to help fight the spread of chronic wasting disease...

TFWC Creates A CWD Deer Hunting Unit ... May 24, 2019 Tennessee, The Chattanoogan
... approved the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s recommendation to establish a new CWD deer hunting unit for the counties in which we have found CWD-positive deer ... and counties within 10 miles of a positive CWD deer location ...

Conservation Congress rejects CWD bounties idea May 22, 2019 Wisconsin, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has rejected the idea of paying bounties for deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease...

Further spread of Chronic Wasting Disease alarms hunters, wildlife officials May 21, 2019 South Dakota, South Dakota News Watch
... The new case in Clark County ...  the first time in more than 15 years that a deer or elk in one of the state’s 70 captive deer facilities had tested positive  ... In 1997, a captive elk died and tested positive for CWD on a farm in the Black Hills ... After the 1997 discovery, GFP aggressively tested wild elk and deer killed near the captive herds..,

Vaccine may prevent deadly deer disease (EHD) May 21, 2019 Florida, Feed Stuffs
... University of Florida scientists are working with deer farmers to test a new vaccine that could help prevent epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) ... 

Study on pesticide impacts to deer cites Stevi researcher's work May 19, 2019  Montana, Ravalli Republic
... documented ... circumstantial evidence on birth defects on deer that could be associated with the pesticide... observations of deer with pronounced underbites and genital deformities ... Researchers found that animals with larger amounts of the pesticide in their spleen had pronounced underbites. Fawns also died...

More CWD found near Cedar Valley May 15, 2019 Minnesota, Winona Post
... Earlier this spring, state officials found two more CWD-infected wild deer near Cedar Valley in Winona County... Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) experts said the new detections increase the likelihood that an infected deer farm in Cedar Valley was the source of the outbreak ...

Quarantine lifted on Bayfield County deer farm May 13, 2019 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram-14 hours ago
...  placed under quarantine March 7, 2018, when a trace investigation showed the animals came from a Washington County deer farm that tested positive for CWD.  ... CWD was not detected in any of the Bayfield County deet ...

... Chronic wasting disease festered within a state-regulated deer farm in Crow Wing County for more than two years, infecting 14 or more captive deer and leaking out to contaminate a deer in the wild... the conclusions state officials drew ...

Potential high-risk areas established around TB-positive deer May 1, 2019 Michigan, Ogemaw County Herald
... The designation is a result of a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Alcona County testing positive for bovine TB, as confirmed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources...

... The few cases recorded in Utah have mainly appeared in the northeast and southeast regions bordering Colorado, according to the DNR.  Across that border, the situation is much worse... “The feeling is that it’s spreading, and we really don’t know how to stop it,” Travis Duncan, a spokesman for the Colorado ...

MDC Finds More Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease April 25, 2019 Missouri, MDC News
... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 41 new positive test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been confirmed following its sampling and testing of more than 32,000 free-ranging Missouri deer during its 2018-2019 disease-surveillance efforts. The 41 new positive test results bring Missouri’s total CWD detections to 116 since 2012..,

Chronic Wasting Disease, A Complicated Turn Of Events April 24, 2019 Colorado,KUNC
...  in the mid-80s they gathered up and killed all the captive deer and elk they had and did what, at the time, seemed like a very thorough job of cleaning up the facility grounds ...brought in a helicopter to drop chlorine onto the site, and left it alone for a full year. Then, they brought in healthy wild elk calves.  "And we failed,"  ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, New DNR grants target deer disease — before disease targets us April 22, 2019 Michigan, The Detroit News
... DNR will parcel out up to $4.7 million in new grants to help protect the state's deer, elk and moose... If the deer population becomes decimated, he said, so will the DNR budget ...

...  the hunter did not notice any outward signs of disease ... The disease has been identified in northwest Virginia for more than nine years, but this is more than 40 miles from the nearest positive deer in Frederick and Shenandoah counties...

...  “We are proposing that we increase the bag limit on does in parts of the state as well as the bucks. One of those deer would be any antlered bucks on any private lands.” ...

... a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Alcona County, Mich., testing positive for bovine TB ... Anytime a positive deer is identified, all cattle and bison herds located within a 15-mile radius of the deer must be tested for bovine TB within six months ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Could A Mysterious Animal Epidemic Become The Next Mad Cow? April 12, 2019 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... She concluded this version of the disease was not the same as the one circulating in North America. And upon closer inspection, the disease in reindeer was different, too.  Then last year, a moose in neighboring Finland tested positive as well, way over by the Russian border, and in March 2019, the illness showed up in Sweden...

CWD, posting are top concerns April 11, 2019 North Dakota, Minot Daily News
...  In response to the positive test for CWD on the deer found in Williston, Game and Fish harvested 52 deer from northwest North Dakota for the purpose of CWD testing. None of the deer tested positive for the disease...

G&F Commission increases CWD testing funds April 9, 2019 Wyoming, 
The Torrington Telegram
... Dube called to increase the budget for testing for the disease by 50 percent, from $100,000 to $150,000. He didn’t get any argument from his fellow commissioners, with the motion passing by a unanimous vote...

GOP questions lack of CWD plans in budget April 4, 2019 Wisconsin, WSAW-TV
... the governor wants to see what research reveals about the disease and doesn't want to spend money on it when other states are doing the work...

... kill 52 deer ... With CWD now confirmed in 3B1 and neighboring Unit 3A1, where a mule deer buck tested positive for the disease last fall, Game and Fish now will sample the infected areas every year ...

Chronic wasting disease April 3, 2019 Wyoming, Aitkin Independent Age
... Less than four decades after Wyoming’s first case, CWD’s effects are widespread and devastating in the state.  Rothstein quoted a recent study that took place in Wyoming where researchers found that 20 percent of the wild mule deer population now had CWD. Over the five-year study period, their population declined by 21 percent annually...

... Grand County’s deer population is believed to have a CWD infection rate, also called a prevalence rate, of 3.5 percent... two herds near Fort Collins that showed infection rates of 33.9 and 25 percent. And tests of two herds near Craig revealed infection rates of 15.3 and 18.6 percent...

... In Montcalm County, 83 CWD-positive free-ranging deer have been identified...

Video shows behavior of a deer with Chronic Wasting Disease - April 3, 2019 Michigan


Chronic wasting disease gains more national attention March 23, 2019 MIssouri, Lakenewsonline.com
... In Missouri ... the disease was first discovered in a captive deer facility in 2010 ... CWD has progressed slowly here, thanks in large part to the MDC aggressively culling in small, concentrated areas around the discovery sites... Wisconsin ... decided to basically do nothing about the disease and let it spread. They now have CWD is 56 counties with areas where 50 percent of bucks harvested are infected ..,

... State officials have identified 18 wild deer with the disease, and eight deer and elk farms have had positive CWD tests, some of which had entire herds infected. There isn’t absolute evidence that points to wild or captive deer as the origin of CWD in Minnesota, but a positive case in the wild has always been in proximity to a farm with CWD in its herds...

Chronic wasting confirmed in a captive elk in Clark County March 20, 2019 South Dakota, Washington Times
... the owner of the 21-month-old female elk noticed the animal was sick and contacted his veterinarian ...

... The 10-day surveillance and collection project will cover a 2-mile radius surrounding the area where a wild doe, which tested positive for the deadly disease affecting deer and related animals, was found Jan. 23. The presence of CWD in the doe was confirmed Feb. 14...

Minnesota can be a national leader on CWD March 18, 2019 Brainerd Dispatch, By Rep. Josh Heintzeman 
...  I have introduced legislation that would establish a Chronic Wasting Disease Research Center at the University of Minnesota... would be tasked with developing solutions to control the spread of CWD and to study the impacts of the disease on wildlife health, human health, and farmed cervidae (deer farms)...

...  mandatory testing of mule deer killed by hunters will occur in rotating areas of the state over the next 15 years ... as of July, at least 31 of Colorado's 54 deer herds are known to be infected with CWD and at least 16 of 43 elk herds and two of nine moose herds are infected...

More cases of CWD found: Here's what we know March 14, 2019 Mississippi, Hattiesburg America
... brings the total number of cases to 19 in six counties. The counties included are Benton, Issaquena, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc and Tallahatchie...

... The "Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Statement on Chronic Wasting Disease Etiology" affirms the theory that Chronic Wasting Disease is caused by a misfolded protein called a "prion."  The statement was approved during the 84th North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference last week...

Mule deer buck shot by authorities north of TRF had brain worm March 8, 2019 Minnesota, Alexandria Echo Press
...  shot in January north of Thief River Falls ... The mule deer also was tested for chronic wasting disease, and test results in early February came back negative...

New CWD detection in a wild deer harvested in Marquette County during the 2018 gun deer season March 5, 2019, Wisconsin, Wisconsin DNR
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in southeast Marquette County. The CWD-positive deer was an adult doe harvested during the 2018 gun deer season and tested as part of disease surveillance efforts. This is the first CWD positive wild deer for Marquette County...

Healthy wild deer not CWD March 4, 2019 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... The University of Minnesota's Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says, "I do believe that it is not a matter of if, but when, CWD crosses to humans." ... Hunters currently have to wait about one week to find out if the harvested deer they have processed themselves or paid for processing is safe enough to eat ...

... of the 363 deer samples collected and tested since the start of the fiscal year, 37 of them tested positive from CWD... most of those samples were hunter kills in southwest Kansas, because that was the zone of surveillance this past season...

... The 2018 data showed a 65 percent annual mortality rate for CWD-positive deer compared to 31 percent for those without the disease... The work is part of the DNR's Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study...

Scientists Found That Humic Acid Can Eliminate CWD February 26, 2019 Medical Daily
... scientists from the University of Alberta found that naturally occurring soil compounds can reduce chronic wasting disease in the environment ... humic acid, created by decaying plant material, can help eliminate CWD...

...Research suggests that fatal, prion-based conditions like chronic wasting disease are visible in the eye's "fluorescent signature."... Mark Rasmussen and Jake Petrich, researchers at Iowa State University, have been working for years to develop a technique called fluorescent spectroscopy ...

More cases of CWD were found. What will the management zones look like now? February 25, 2019 Mississippi Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Four additional samples came back positive last week bringing the total number of cases in Mississippi to 16. Two were in Benton County, which is included in the northern management zone. One was found in Panola County and another in Tallahatchie County ...

Scientist claims chronic wasting disease is caused by bacteria February 25, 2019 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... “He’s been talking about it for 20 to 30 years,” said Byron Caughey, who has researched CWD at the National Institute of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton. “He really hasn’t built much momentum for it. He’s been stirring this pot forever.” ...

Public meeting on CWD planned February 24, 2019 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... Blair County landowners recently turned away U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters from their property and halted the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s plan to reduce deer populations for a study about whether that could slow the spread of chronic wasting disease...

Yale professor refutes popular CWD theory February 24, 2019 ArkansasOnline
... Dr. Laura Manuelidis, professor of neuropathology in the Department of Surgery at Yale... said the theory of prion (PrP) infectivity collapses under classical scientific scrutiny... Much of the scientific community is so wholly invested in the theory of infectious prions that it ignores contradictory evidence...

Minnesota regulations on chronic wasting disease under scrutiny February 22, 2019 Minnesota Public Radio News
... in 2016, when two deer at the Trophy Woods Ranch in Crow Wing County tested positive for CWD... he wanted to try to heal his herd ... seven more deer at Trophy Woods got sick last year ... An infected doe was found dead just half a mile outside the farm's fence line...

CWD-positive deer confirmed in Forest County February 22, 2019 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... a white-tailed buck from a hunting ranch in Forest County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.  The 6-year-old buck was born on a breeding farm in Marinette County and was moved to the 230-acre hunt ranch in 2014...

Experts discuss response to CWD February 22, 2019 Pennsylvania, Pocono Record 
... officials in Pennsylvania are attempting to follow a model of containment set by Illinois, which includes targeted removal in areas where the disease is prevalent.  “What’s been done in Illinois has allowed them to maintain about a 10 percent prevalence rate which has stayed relatively stable for over a decade ...

... On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to 200 to 250 people... , observed conditions, including vision loss, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight changes, hypertension and arthritis, were credited to old age...

Two more CWD-postive deer discovered in Eau Claire County February 19, 2019 Wisconsin, WQOW 
... The deer are the second and third to test positive for CWD in Eau Claire County... 

Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer disease found in 2 more Mississippi counties February 20, 2019 WREG
... making it present in five counties ... A total of 15 cases have been confirmed statewide, with others found in Benton, Issaquena, Marshall and Pontotoc counties. Four more cases await confirmation...

Zombie’ deer disease: Why deer with CWD are actually nothing like zombies February 19, 2019 USA Today 
... it's "baffling" to think of a deer dying from CWD as a frightening "zombie." He instead compares the disease to dementia, as infected animals appear more confused than threatening... Deer in the final stage of CWD could also appear weak, and underweight...

Changes sought after CWD found in Rapid City deer February 17, 2019 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal 
... 17 deer shot recently by city snipers and butchered together ... venison was ground into more than 600 pounds of burger and sent to the local Feeding South Dakota warehouse ... Samples from the 17 deer showed that one had CWD [chronic wasting disease] ...

Commercial deer, elk scents under scrutiny February 15, 2019 Oregon, Mail Tribune
... A 2017 study shows that CWD-infected elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer can shed the prion protein causing CWD in their urine, even before they exhibit CWD symptoms ... At least seven other states have banned commercial sale of urine from captive deer and elk, allowing only synthetic alternatives ...

DGIF confirms Chronic Wasting Disease in 28 deer February 14, 2019 Virginia, Augusta Free Press ·
... Chronic Wasting Disease was confirmed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 26 deer from Frederick County and two deer from Shenandoah County during 2018... Over 1,550 deer from Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Shenandoah counties were tested for CWD during the 2018 hunting season...

...  in less than 12 months it has been documented multiple times CWD has been spread by the deer farming industry.  For fairness, it's important to acknowledge the disease has likely been spread by hunters moving CWD-positive carcasses around the state and nation, too...

DNR explains deer kill at Gratiot nature area February 13, 2019 Michigan, The Morning Sun
... An attempt to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease ... In November, the DNR confirmed a 4-year-old buck shot in Gratiot County's Pine River Township tested positive for CWD ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Fatal brain disease for deer, moose at Ontario's door step, says biologist  February 13, 2019 Ontario, CBC.ca
... Ontario is still clear of the disease ..."Recently a red deer farm located just 15 km across the border with Quebec, tested positive for it, " ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Fatal deer disease poses 'beast' of a problem for Minnesota lawmakers February 11, 2019 Duluth News Tribune 
... Minnesota lawmakers agree that scientists should get nearly $2 million to create a test that would detect a fatal disease in deer...would fund research at the University of Minnesota...

Federal Lawmakers Try To Tackle Chronic Wasting Disease In Western Deer, Elk, Moose February 8, 2019 Wyoming Public Media
... The bipartisan bill ...would require the departments of agriculture and interior to pay the National Academies of Sciences to figure out how the disease moves between animals, and how to keep it from spreading further...

As reports continue, lawmakers try to combat chronic wasting disease February 4, 2019 Wisconsin, Brainerd Dispatch
... One ... require deer farms to have at least two, ten-foot fences ... second would block future deer farms from opening and offer a buyout for existing farms. A third proposal would move the responsibility for regulating deer ... to the Department of Natural Resources...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer culling to be delayed February 5, 2019 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror 
... For a study to determine whether lower deer numbers can control Chronic Wasting Disease, the commission had hired USDA wildlife sharpshooters to decrease the deer population potentially by a couple thousand within a 100-square mile area ...

... Two special hunts were announced for later this month, and the DNR said federal sharpshooters will be hired to supplement the extra harvest. The idea is to remove as many infected deer from the landscape as possible and cull the herd to reduce transmission of the disease from deer to deer...

RESD allows DNR to kill deer at nature area January  January 31, 2019 Michigan, The Morning Sun 
... In November, the DNR confirmed a 4-year-old buck shot in Gratiot County's Pine River Township tested positive for CWD... not as many hunters submitted their deer for CWD testing as anticipated and participation was below this year's goal.  That's why agency officials believe additional deer need to be taken...

... veterinary scientists at the University of Minnesota told Forum News Service on Monday, Jan. 28, that they expect to have a breakthrough prototype tool to detect the disease in 2021. And they asked lawmakers last week for $1.8 million to make that a reality...

... Three more Mississippi deer have been found containing Chronic Wasting Disease, bringing the statewide count to nine deer spanning four counties... a 25-mile area ban of supplemental feeding surrounding the known counties...

Chronic wasting disease a growing threat to deer herds January 27, 2019 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald
... last spring a deer had tested positive for chronic wasting disease just a few miles into Canada north of Portal, N.D... As the University of Utah Learn Genetics Science Center says on its website, "you can't kill what isn't alive."  So it is with the prions that cause CWD...

... given the distances between theses locations with no known cases of CWD between them, how was the disease introduced into Tennessee and Mississippi? ... "The most plausible explanation is through movement of live deer."  Bringing live cervids into Mississippi has been illegal for many years... But that didn't stop it...

Chronic wasting disease battle heats up in Minnesota January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... 55 Wisconsin counties now identified as CWD sites ... In parts of southern Wisconsin, more than 50 percent of the wild deer are now infected ... "I do believe that it is not a matter of if, but when, CWD crosses to humans,'' [Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota] ...

More chronic wasting disease cases found in Mississippi, Tennessee January 11, 2019 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... bring the total to six in Mississippi — three cases in Marshall County, one in Pontotoc County and two in Issaquena County.  Since the department found Mississippi's first case of CWD in Issaquena County in January 2018, Walsh said about 6,000 deer have been tested ..,

...  In 2016 around 260 elk were killed ... nearly 14 percent of them were found to be infected... “Endemic chronic wasting disease causes mule deer population decline in Wyoming," published in October 2017, found that the mule deer herd in Converse County, Wyo., was shrinking at about 21 percent a year, largely due to CWD...

... The 11 deer testing preliminarily positive were from Fayette and Hardeman counties. There were six males and five females, ranging in age from 1 ½ to 3 ½-years-old. All were from within a few miles of the original 13 positive deer...

... In recent weeks the disease was found in deer from Tennessee and Mississippi around 40 miles from the Alabama state line. That prompted the first-ever remote sampling station to be set up in Alabama...

Chronic Wasting, Fatal disease similar to mad cow spreading in America's deer January 4, 2019 Colorado, Upi.com 
... Scientists are seeing major impacts in states like Colorado, where the disease has been present for several decades. One large herd there has been cut nearly in half. Across the state last year, up to 16 percent of animals tested had the disease ...



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