Seized North Carolina Deer Did Not Have CWD
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 WRAL.com and North Carolina WRC.