Arkansas has first case of chronic wasting disease February 24, 2016

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Arkansas has first case of chronic wasting disease February 24, 2016 Baxter Bulletin
...  the state's Game and Fish Commission is advising residents to look out for deer and elk staggering about with drooping heads and thousand-yard stares... It's like mad cow disease for cervids ...
     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," ...
     Cow Elk Diagnosed With CWD February 24, 2016 Arkansas, nhv.us 
...  this elk might have contracted CWD from an infected carcass that might have been killed in another stated and illegally thrown in Arkansas... CWD is a contagious disease caused by mutant proteins, known as prions ...

Disease has hunters pondering future March 15, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
... Chronic wasting disease has been found in states all around us, including Missouri. It was almost a given that the disease would be discovered in Arkansas...  What will become of the elk herd in Boxley Valley and the rest of the Buffalo River country where elk roam? ...
... With two confirmed cases already, if CWD is widespread along the Buffalo National River, it could have a huge impact on the elk population.  "It could be really devastating; obviously we don't have a giant elk herd.  It could really knock it down pretty quick," ...
     Elk, deer sampling for CWD begins Monday March 12, 2016 Arkansas, Harrison Dail
... When officials initially thought CWD was confined to the area where the elk was killed at Pruitt, they believed they could take 30 to 40 animals from the elk herd that was in close contact. The elk strategy changed when the deer at Ponca tested positive... The plan now calls for targeting elk that appear to be sick throughout the elk range ...
     Wasting disease found in state deerMarch 10, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disorder known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that affects cervids like white-tailed deer ... could devastate Arkansas' deer herd, which is estimated at about 1 million animals ... About 308,000 Arkansans hunt deer annually in the state ... 
     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...
... To combat the disease, AGFC will sample 300 deer from the region to determine how prevalent the disease is among the animals... Anyone who believes they have found a sick deer or elk is encouraged to call (800) 482-9262 to report it...

   ... A hunter harvested an elk that was infected with the disease near Pruitt ... the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking nearby landowners to help kill about 300 deer and about 50 elk within a five mile radius ...

Arkansas Sportsman AGFC laying out CWD reality March 3, 2016 Arkansas Online
... The commission supplied forms that landowners could fill out, allowing AGFC personnel to enter their land to kill deer and elk for CWD sampling ... The AGFC will attempt to kill about 40 elk and 250 deer in the 5-mile core zone in just 26 days ... If CWD is found to be prevalent in that area's elk herd, the AGFC likely will suspend the three-point rule for legal bucks next season and significantly increase bag limits ...

AGFC addresses state's CWD issue March 1, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... The AGFC held the meeting to brief the community on the CWD sampling efforts, which will occur largely on private land. To that end, the AGFC also sought permission from landowners to allow AGFC personnel to their land for sampling, or to kill deer and elk on their property for sampling themselves...

Chronic wasting disease a threat to Arkansas deer? April 26, 2017 Delta Farm Press
... We began testing elk for CWD in 1997 and whitetails in 2003... The first hit was a [elk] cow harvested in October 2015 and got the test results back in February 2016.  “At the same time, a sick deer showed up at our elk education center in Ponca  ... we found the disease in 206 whitetails and six elk. Those were found in seven counties, all in north Arkansas: Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, and Searcy ...



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