Seized North Carolina Deer Did Not Have CWD

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On September 20th the North Carolina wildlife resources commission seized and killed 9 deer from an unlicensed farm in Randolph County. The tests have come back and all the deer tested negative for CWD.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers said, “The State is very fortunate that CWD was not detected in tissue samples taken from these animals. Had these test results been positive, it would have presented significant biological, economical and sociological impacts throughout North Carolina. Captive deer of unknown origin pose a serious risk to the health of all deer within our state. We were very lucky in this situation.”

Since the seizing of the deer, Wayne Kindley, who owns the facility has had an outpouring of support from neighbors, friends and around the world. Supporters went to a wildlife commission meeting with a petition signed by 2,000 people requesting change. The Kindley's lawyer has stated that the warrant was for seizing and holding the animals, not killing them. The NCWRC has been evasive on that, only saying that they needed to test the deer for CWD and the only way to do that is on a dead deer. From and North Carolina WRC.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

I still laugh that they are

I still laugh that they are saying he had support from all over the world :lol:  He has a few people sign an online petition, and that equates to "international support".  Ugh.

It sounds like they may indeed have been misled on the "seizing" versus the "killing" of the animals, but the owner of this farm should have expected them to do what they did.  He knew that they were doing this for the purpose of testing for CWD and for concerns that they may have been infected. But if the owner truly knew about deer, which since he owned a game farm, I assume he did, then he would know that they had to kill them in order to do the tests.

I really hope that the state stands behind their decision, and they don't give in and pay the guy for his lost animals.  He knew the risk when he ran this farm.  I am glad that there are wildlife agencies out there that are looking out for our deer and other animal herds.

hunter25's picture

I think as well that maybe

I think as well that maybe there was a little over reaction to the case but then it's possible we still don't have the whole story. The only thing I can see here is that it mentions the deer being of unknown origin. Even without the license I'm sure he would need to be able to prove where he got them from and that they were froma clean source.

numbnutz's picture

I still think the way

I still think the way officlas handeled this situation of these deer was the wrong way. I understand the licenencing issue but this guy had the farm long before the state required the license to run the place. With that being said the road blocks on getting the proper licence to operate this farm is what was the issue not the knowledge or capibitily of this guy to run it. I'm glad NC doesn't have any CWD but I still feel the ones in charge of this opperation should loose there job. Just because a farm has a licence does't mean their animals are less likely to get CWD than one that doesn't given the opporater runs a clean farm as this guy seemed to. This was just a bad decsion all the way around from the farmer to wildlife officals. I hope change is made to make sure ssomthing like this doesn't happen again.

Retired2hunt's picture

  The outpouring from the one


The outpouring from the one web site is mostly from people that are not educated on the issues - first on licensing based on state and federal requirements for keeping wild animals in captivity but also the disease possibilities associated with keeping wildlife in close proximity.

If you took the same data on those educated on wildlife and those as well on diseases associated you would find far more than a mere 7000 people in a world of 6 billion people.

They may have not handled the entire situation correctly but bottom line the state of North Carolina remains without CWD only because of the actions of their DOW officials.  Careless and unlicensed wildlife farms could have changed this.