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First case CWD in Texas Free range wt deer.

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by John C, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20170125a&nrtype=all&nrspan=2017&nrsearch

    News Release
    Media Contact: TPWD News, [email protected], 512-389-8030

    Jan. 25, 2017

    First Case of CWD Detected in Free-Ranging Texas Whitetail

    State taking steps and following plan to deploy early detection and containment strategy

    AUSTIN — Chronic wasting disease has been detected in a hunter harvested 1 1/2 –year-old white-tailed buck submitted for sampling within Surveillance Zone 3 in Medina County. This marks the first confirmed case of CWD in a free-ranging Texas whitetail.

    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) are taking steps to deploy an early detection and containment strategy designed to limit the spread of CWD from the affected area and better understand the distribution and prevalence of the disease.

    “Although the disease has been discovered in a free ranging whitetail in this area, we cannot draw any conclusions at this time based on one detection,” said Dr. Bob Dittmar, TPWD’s Wildlife Veterinarian. “The proactive measures we are taking as part of our epidemiological investigation into this case are in line with the state’s strategies to prevent this disease from spreading any further. The more effective we are at containing this disease within a limited geographic area, the better it will be for our wildlife resources and all those who enjoy them.”

    Effective immediately under an executive order issued by TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith, Surveillance Zone 3 (SZ3), which extends across portions of Bandera, Medina and Uvalde counties, is now a CWD Containment Zone and all associated rules for that designation are in effect. Those rules include restrictions on the movements of carcass parts as well as live deer possessed under the authority of a permit. The department is also implementing mandatory CWD testing of hunter harvested deer within this containment zone.

    “This emergency action allows us to contain the threat of this disease spreading any further while we collect more information and gather more data,” said T. Dan Friedkin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Chairman. “Not only are these temporary emergency measures necessary and consistent with the state’s planned strategies for CWD management, they are essential for ensuring the protection of the state’s whitetail deer herd and the integrity of our hunting heritage.

    “It is my intent for the Commission to address this issue through our regular rulemaking process, which provides opportunities for public comment and input from stakeholders, and that process will begin soon,” Friedkin added.

    “With the confirmation of CWD in a free-ranging buck in Medina County, the TAHC is working with TPWD to determine the disease risk in the area,” said Dr. Susan Rollo, TAHC State Epidemiologist. “TAHC understands and appreciates TPWD’s immediate response and temporary measures to prevent the inadvertent spread of CWD to other parts of Texas.”

    This most recent detection of CWD resulted from enhanced voluntary testing of hunter harvested deer in SZ3. TPWD’s sampling goal for SZ3 for the 2016-17 hunting season is 1,749 samples. As of today, the department has received about 720 samples from hunter harvests and roadkills within the zone and anticipates receiving about 200 additional samples from deer breeding facilities and associated release sites in SZ3.

    “TPWD is very appreciative of the effort and cooperation that has been put forth by landowners, hunters and local officials in the area,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “Our ability to control this disease is directly related to the cooperation offered by the citizens of Medina, Bandera and Uvalde counties, and we pledge to continue to work with everyone to minimize the impacts of this disease as well as these challenging but necessary measures designed to control the spread of CWD.”

    While the general deer hunting season is over, TPWD will continue to collect samples from MLDP (Managed Lands Deer Program) properties in the new Containment Zone as well as roadkills. The department is seeking as many additional samples for testing as it can obtain in order to get a better handle on the geographic extent and prevalence of the disease in this area.

    Additional information about CWD can be found online at https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/
     
  2. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Somebody oughta kick the hunter in the nuts for shooting a 1 1/2 year old buck
     

  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Michael, are you serious, or is that a tongue in cheek kind of statement?
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

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    I just submitted about 15 heads for testing and my biologist will not take year and a half old deer! Only two and up....preferably four and up! Go figure!

    As for shooting year & half old bucks.....my daughter in law shot one yesterday! If there is going to be any nut kicking it will be to the ass that says something negative about it!!!
     
  5. Western Rivers

    Western Rivers Wolves are Idaho's #1 Poacher!

    Very well said Ron B!
     
  6. dhart

    dhart Active Member

    CWD in Texas! Your screwd, signed Wisconsin!
     
  7. The FWC came around looking at the shop . The said they were just checking to see if any of the deer from the effective states were here and being mounted . I let him in he looked at my records and smiled said I wasn't a problem . I don't know if that wasn't the only thing he came for but he was happy when he left here .
     
  8. If it is caped out and antler plate cleaned should not be a problem.
     
  9. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

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    if they hadn't killed that buck then the CWD would have gone undetected. then what ?
     
  10. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

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    Then life would have gone on as normal!
     
  11. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    It's sarcasm ::)
     
  12. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

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    :)
     
  13. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    OK, I thought so but I wasn't positive.
     
  14. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    You know I'm a smart ass
     
  15. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    [quote author=michael p.

    You know I'm a smart ass
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    I kinda forgot, we don't hear as much out of you anymore.
     
  16. dhart

    dhart Active Member

    We have been struggling with CWD in Wisconsin for over 15 years now! In the "hot" zone 40%of the 3 1/2 year old bucks test positive for CWD. It goes up for 4. 1/2 year old and up each year. And that is with a lot of hunters who choose not to test! It is not mandatory. So, it could be higher! We here are screwed! I have no advice for Texas, as what they tried here did not work! I guess it will just take its course and deer will have to adapt and hopefully their immune system will reset their internal clock and they will evolve through this crisis.
    Good luck Texas!
     
  17. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't eat any deer with CWD. so far they have found no evidence that it has mutated and can be spread to humans, why take the chance.

    i also think that when it becomes transferable to humans we are royally screwed. The CWD prions are in the soil and might be inside plants, SO...can they wind up in crops that we eat too AND...once it mutates and is transferable to humans what are we to do if it is in the entire food chain ?