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CWD Update 93 December 29, 2008

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some of you may be interested in this... TSS

CWD Update 93 December 29, 2008

State and Provincial Updates

South Dakota

The following was provided by Steve Griffin, South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks:

In the South Dakota CWD Surveillance period of July 1, 2008 to December 3, 2008, a total of 1,470 samples have been collected for CWD surveillance. Breakdown of sampling is as follows: 292 elk sampled--277 results returned as NOT Positive--8 results pending (7 POSITIVE ELK FOUND) 319 mule deer sampled--184 results returned as NOT Positive--130 results pending (5 POSITIVE MD FOUND) 859 white-tailed deer--487 results returned as NOT Positive--368 results pending (4 POSITIVE WT FOUND)

Below is a listing of the Positive cervids that have been found in South Dakota during the surveillance period of July 1, 2008 to December 3, 2008.

1. Elk female from Wind Cave National Park in Custer County. (Sick/Surveillance)

2. Elk female from Unit H3B in Custer County. (Hunter Harvest)

3. Elk male from Unit H3A in Custer County. (Hunter Harvest)

4. Elk female from Wind Cave National Park in Custer County. (Sick/Surveillance)

5. Elk male from Unit H3A in Custer County. (Hunter Harvest)

6. White-tailed female from Unit BD4 in CusterCounty. (Sick/Surveillance)

7. Elk female from Unit H3C in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)

8. Elk female from Wind Cave National Park in Custer County. (Sick Surveillance)

9. White-tailed female from Unit 27A in Custer County. (Hunter Harvest

10. Mule deer male from Unit 27B in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)

11. Mule deer female from Unit 21B in Custer County. (Hunter Harvest)

12. White-tailed female from Unit 27B in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)

13. White-tailed male from Unit BD3 in Pennington County. (Sick/Surveillance)

14. Mule deer male from Unit 27B in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)

15. Mule deer female from Unit 27B in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)

16. Mule deer female from Unit 21B in Custer County. (Hunter Harvest)

In Summary:

South Dakota is reporting a total of 16 positive cervids (7 elk, 9 deer) in the testing period of July 1, 2008 to December 3, 2008. To date, South Dakota has found 93 cases of CWD (63 deer and 30 elk) in free ranging deer and elk since testing began in 1997. Wind Cave National Park accounts for 23 of these animals (15 elk, 8 deer). Three elk and 1 deer have been found in Custer State Park. A total of 18,873 wild deer and elk have been tested for CWD since 1997.

West Virginia:

The following was excerpted from a press release issued by the West Virginia DNR on December 22, 2008:

Five Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Hampshire County, West Virginia

Preliminary test results indicate the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) agent was present in five hunter-harvested deer collected in Hampshire County during the 2008 deer firearms hunting season.

"As part of our agency's ongoing and intensive CWD monitoring effort, samples were collected from 1,355 hunter-harvested deer brought to game checking stations in Hampshire County and one station near the southern Hampshire County line in Hardy County," noted Frank Jezioro, director for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

The five CWD positive deer included one 4.5 year-old doe, two 2.5 year-old bucks, one 4.5 yearold buck and one 1.5 year-old buck. All five of the latest positive deer were harvested within the Hampshire County CWD Containment Area (i.e., that portion of Hampshire County located North of U.S. Route 50). However, the CWD agent previously has been detected outside the containment area but still within Hampshire County. The area in Hampshire County appears to continue to expand as one of the most recent infected deer was approximately five miles northeast of any previous known infected deer location.

CWD has now been detected in a total of 37 deer in Hampshire County (i.e., two road-killed deer - one in 2005 and one in 2008, four deer collected by the DNR in 2005, five deer collected by the DNR in 2006, one hunter-harvest deer taken during the 2006 deer season, three deer collected by the DNR in 2007, six hunter-harvested deer taken during the 2007 deer season, 11 deer collected by the DNR in 2008, and five hunter-harvested deer taken during the 2008 deer season). The DNR will continue to update management actions designed to control the spread of this disease, prevent further introduction of the disease, and possibly eliminate the disease from the state as information from deer testing within West Virginia is gathered and scientists across the country provide more information on how to combat CWD in white-tailed deer.

The entire press releases can be viewed at: ...

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

CWD Update 93 December 29, 2008

http://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2009/01/cwd-update-93-decemb...

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CWD Update 93 December 29, 2008

glad we don't have that up here ...yet ...but if it keeps snowing our deer herd will be wiped out .we got anouther 12" to 15" today ..it,s only the 7 jan. and we have 3 feet on the ground...last year in some places we lost 62% of the deer due to the heavy snow fall ...

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