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The latest CWD info I just learned.

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by 3bears, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Concur with 3Bears. I have a presentation I have to make in November and am gathering material and information and would like to research them as well. There are definitely plenty of articles out on the net to review and dissect. Just googling "link between CWD and Humans" gives you a weeks worth of reading. Since I and other NCTA Taxidermists got certified by North Carolina DNR to collect samples (Retropharyngeal Lymph Nodes on either side of the tongue) and I have been contacted by our biologist here in VA to see if I would be willing to pull samples I would definitely like to increase my knowledge on this. Appreciate everyone's input on the thread. Keep it rolling, I will add additional info when I can.
  2. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    when collecting sample for testing i would be sure to use disposable gloves (of course) and one time use blade, like a disposable scalpel. of course you most likely already knew that, i just had to add it.

  3. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2015/06/researchers-make-surprising-discovery-about-spread-of-chronic-wasting-disease/#.Wc7WXMZryM8
  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Seems like it should exist in every state. Skulls have been cleaned that came from CWD infected states across the nation for ages. I do believe that transporting live animals across state lines is way more of a problem than transporting dead ones.
  5. Joey I think it is in every state. The one thing I find in low infection rate areas I cannot disclose at this time. I made a discovery by chance and have a researcher in Louisiana and another at Texas A&M doing field testing and lab testing on rodentia.
  6. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    We Indiana taxidermists got something in the mail recently about checking for CWD in a few counties. First time I've received anything. Glad I only do fish.
  7. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

    Theres dead deer everywhere around here. I don't know what theres more of here dead deer or dead ash trees. You can smell the
    death in the air.
  8. Kastaway

    Kastaway Taxidermist, Pioneer of Freeze Drying 1969

    Where in Ohio..Ok in NE Ohio so far.
  9. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    EHD is making the rounds here in PA along with CWD.
  10. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    That's not CWD. That is likely HD. We have been aware of CWD being present here in MO since 2010. To this day not a single deer has been found dead that tested positive for the disease.
  11. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    But Cole, I've read predictions saying it will all but wipe out the Cervidae population in 100 years or less. From what I understand, from reading a chit ton about it is, that isn't a likely scenario. I believe those myths to be thrown around to scare people, which pressure the government into funding billions to give out to researchers.
  12. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    3Bears we had the same predictions from APHIS with fish and VHS (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia) that never panned out. I won't go into the details but the few fish kills were mostly rough fish -- gobies, sheepshead, carp) and the extent of the fish kills was greatly exaggerated. One official said the dead fish were 20 feet deep on a section of Lake Erie. Only problem is that water in that section of Erie was not even that deep. And of course no pictures.

    Cost the aquaculture industry a bundle and many went out of business because they can't afford the testing for a pathogen that has never been found on a fish farm. Saw one study that said -- the pathogen where it exists in the Great Lake -- has probably been here for decades and fish have developed an immunity. The fish that died may have only succumbed to VHS due to cold stress.

    Fish farms were the low hanging fruit and we are still getting new exotics into the Great Lakes via ballast water from ships.

    I think we are up to 180 and counting.

    Here's the latest:

  13. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

    50 miles east of Columbus, Zanesville area.
  14. dplais7124

    dplais7124 Active Member

    I have absolutely no desire to eat any of the deer that I killed in Arkansas now.
  15. There is a lot of people that eat those Derek. I think as this is investigated we will find this prion that misfolds has always been here. Remember first discovered in Suffolk England in the 1600's.

    IN many species of antelope in Africa.

    Its also in squirrels in the USA
  16. Ron B

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

    I'll taken em!
  17. wayne70

    wayne70 Member

    I live in Northern Il. and am in a cwd zone. Over the last several years I have had 3 or 4 year old bucks brought into the shop and had taken the samples out and were tested positive. These deer looked very healthy to me. At what age will a deer infected look sickly? A 4 year old deer in my area is damn lucky to live that long with the hunting pressure.
  18. The age is not the problem, some deer seem to remain healthy but infected their whole life. By this some seem more resistant to the PRION 14-3-3 while others are susceptible.
  19. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

    Heard an interesting thing today. A farmer has a bunch of dead deer on his property and now he has about 17
    dead sheep also. I guess there trying to figure out if the deaths are connected.
  20. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    if they are i bet no one will know.