Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
LuisGabriel, marnold, Cl3anslat3, VirginiaHunter, GoGo Gadjet
60482 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 77564
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 43788
BOBO the Clown 41125
BMD 40539
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 33685
bill oxner 32683
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 30572
facebook
Forum Stats
60482 Members
45 Forums
476317 Topics
6248242 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 >
Topic Options
#5813935 - 07/01/15 06:53 PM Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer
jeh7mmmag Online   happy
gramps

Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 12625
Loc: Colleyville, DFW, TX
Media Contacts:

Steve Lightfoot, TPWD, 512-389-4701512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov

Callie McNulty, TAHC, 512-719-0728512-719-0728, callie.mcnulty@tahc.texas.gov



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2015


AUSTIN - A two-year-old white-tailed deer in a Medina County deer breeding facility has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This is the first case of CWD detected in captive white-tailed deer in Texas. CWD was first detected in Texas in 2012 in free-ranging mule deer in the Hueco Mountains in far West Texas.



The Medina County tissue samples submitted by the breeder facility in early June as part of routine deer mortality surveillance revealed the presence of CWD during testing at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the findings on Tuesday, June 30.



An epidemiological investigation to determine the extent of the disease, assess risks to Texas' free ranging deer and protect the captive deer and elk breeding industry is being led by the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (USDA/APHIS/VS).



Officials have taken immediate action to secure all cervids at the Medina County breeder facility with plans to conduct additional investigation for CWD. In addition, those breeder facilities that have received deer from the Medina County facility or shipped deer to that facility during the last two years are under movement restrictions and cannot move or release cervids at this time. TPWD is disallowing liberation of captive deer from all breeder facilities into the wild at this time pending further review. Additional measures to further minimize risk of CWD spreading into Texas' free-ranging white-tailed deer herd, and to protect the captive deer breeding industry, will be considered.



"This is a terribly unfortunate development that we are committed to addressing as proactively, comprehensively, and expeditiously as possible. The health of our state's wild and captive deer herds, as well as affiliated hunting, wildlife, and rural based economies, are vitally important to Texas hunters, communities, and landowners. As such, our primary objectives are to determine the source of the disease and to identify other deer breeding facilities and release sites that may have received deer from affected facilities," said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. "Working collaboratively with experts in the field we have developed protocols to address CWD, and our implementation efforts are already well under way."



The TPWD and the TAHC CWD Management Plan will guide the State's response to this incident. The plan was developed by the State's CWD Task Force, which is comprised of deer and elk breeders, wildlife biologists, veterinarians and other animal-health experts from TPWD, TAHC, TVMDL, Department of State Health Services, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and USDA.



Since 2002, the state has conducted surveillance throughout Texas for the disease. More than 34,000 samples collected from hunter-harvested and road kill deer have been tested for CWD.

Although animal health and wildlife officials cannot say how long or to what extent the disease has been present in the Medina County deer breeding facility, the breeder has had an active CWD surveillance program since 2006 with no positives detected until now.



"We are working with experts at the local, state and federal level, to determine the extent of this disease, and respond appropriately to limit further transmission," said Dr. Andy Schwartz, TAHC Epidemiologist and Assistant Executive Director. "Strong public awareness and the continued support of the cervid industry is paramount to the success of controlling CWD in Texas."



The disease was first recognized in 1967 in captive mule deer in Colorado. CWD has also been documented in captive and/or free-ranging deer in 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces. CWD among cervids is a progressive, fatal disease that commonly results in altered behavior as a result of microscopic changes made to the brain of affected animals. An animal may carry the disease for years without outward indication, but in the latter stages, signs may include listlessness, lowering of the head, weight loss, repetitive walking in set patterns, and a lack of responsiveness. To date there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk to humans or non-cervids. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend not to consume meat from infected animals.



More information on CWD can be found on TPWD's website, www.tpwd.texas.gov/CWD or at the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance website, www.cwd-info.org.



More information about the TAHC CWD program may be found at http://tahc.state.tx.us/animal_health/cwd/cwd.html.

_________________________

Top
#5814191 - 07/01/15 09:21 PM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
Simple Searcher Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 4153
Loc: Helotes, Hext
I am surprised that this has been posted for a few hours and no one has commented. I think everyone is sitting back thinking, OH CRAP!
One of the popular arguments for the "anti-regulation" crowd is that there has never been a CWD case in Texas. I hope this is the end of it.
_________________________

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

Top
#5814200 - 07/01/15 09:28 PM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
rifleman Online   crying
Sparkly Pants

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43788
Loc: Kingwood
People are waiting to see how TPWD will handle it.

Top
#5814208 - 07/01/15 09:31 PM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: Simple Searcher]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41125
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
I am surprised that this has been posted for a few hours and no one has commented. I think everyone is sitting back thinking, OH CRAP!
One of the popular arguments for the "anti-regulation" crowd is that there has never been a CWD case in Texas. I hope this is the end of it.


Actually there have been two cases of CWD in Texas already... Both wild deer... That where actually found before yotes covered it up cheers CWD came here via wild deer assuming it wasn't already here naturally to begin with.

Most people are more worried about EHD, it's actually killed 1000x more deer the CWD

Top
#5814217 - 07/01/15 09:35 PM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: BOBO the Clown]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
I am surprised that this has been posted for a few hours and no one has commented. I think everyone is sitting back thinking, OH CRAP!
One of the popular arguments for the "anti-regulation" crowd is that there has never been a CWD case in Texas. I hope this is the end of it.


Actually there have been two cases of CWD in Texas already... Both wild deer... That where actually found before yotes covered it up cheers CWD came here via wild deer assuming it wasn't already here naturally to begin with.

Most people are more worried about EHD, it's actually killed 1000x more deer the CWD

Actually they have known about this for about 3 days and had not reported it to the media. Just happened the case leaked out yesterday and then they posted this today.
_________________________


Top
#5814222 - 07/01/15 09:38 PM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: stxranchman]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41125
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
I am surprised that this has been posted for a few hours and no one has commented. I think everyone is sitting back thinking, OH CRAP!
One of the popular arguments for the "anti-regulation" crowd is that there has never been a CWD case in Texas. I hope this is the end of it.


Actually there have been two cases of CWD in Texas already... Both wild deer... That where actually found before yotes covered it up cheers CWD came here via wild deer assuming it wasn't already here naturally to begin with.

Most people are more worried about EHD, it's actually killed 1000x more deer the CWD

Actually they have known about this for about 3 days and had not reported it to the media. Just happened the case leaked out yesterday and then they posted this today.


Heard the same. Well more that the test results weren't back yet

Top
#5814249 - 07/01/15 09:50 PM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: BOBO the Clown]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
I am surprised that this has been posted for a few hours and no one has commented. I think everyone is sitting back thinking, OH CRAP!
One of the popular arguments for the "anti-regulation" crowd is that there has never been a CWD case in Texas. I hope this is the end of it.


Actually there have been two cases of CWD in Texas already... Both wild deer... That where actually found before yotes covered it up cheers CWD came here via wild deer assuming it wasn't already here naturally to begin with.

Most people are more worried about EHD, it's actually killed 1000x more deer the CWD

Actually they have known about this for about 3 days and had not reported it to the media. Just happened the case leaked out yesterday and then they posted this today.


Heard the same. Well more that the test results weren't back yet

Not what I heard.....
_________________________


Top
#5814363 - 07/02/15 12:24 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
nsmike Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 4218
Loc: MN
I'm not plugged in, but I do know that there was a quarantined herd in MN that was depopulated in August, that created a lot of heartburn because no provisions were made for research. Researchers wanted to do the experimental live test and compare them to the current post mortem test. There was a herd depopulated in Iowa, that was spot tested before depopulation, it had a very high infection rate where the live test looked pretty good, but it wasn't conclusive. The researchers now want to live test every herd before depopulation to prove the live test.
_________________________
for every stereotype there's a prototype

Top
#5814366 - 07/02/15 12:29 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
nsmike Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 4218
Loc: MN
To put my previous comment into context and back on topic, I would imagine the TPW is trying to look at the records, to get an idea of how big the problem is and develop a plan. Part of that plan will be to get as much good out of a bad situation as possible.
_________________________
for every stereotype there's a prototype

Top
#5814431 - 07/02/15 06:50 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
Pitchfork Predator Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 10864
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Maybe they will surprise us and not over react like those idiots in the Midwest have.

I'm expecting them to probably kill all the deer at that facility, which is a shame.

This type of treatment plan is like killing the whole family that lives in the home when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
_________________________
Marc C. Helfrich
Retirement Planner

www.insured-wealth.com
469-323-8920

Top
#5814443 - 07/02/15 06:59 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
syncerus Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 1993
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
(snip)
This type of treatment plan is like killing the whole family that lives in the home when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer.


More like killing the entire family when one member has Ebola or the Black Plague. The primary issue is contagion, not sickness per se.
_________________________
NRA Endowment & DSC Lifer

Top
#5814450 - 07/02/15 07:07 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
2cents not trying ta stir up anything between HF & LF as stated in other posts, am a lowfer, & nothing against HF..... Theirs is difference betweem HF &
deer farms, yet the simularity is big bucks.... Seen the debates were only way ta get big racks is HF... Been on several leases, whin could aford it, basicly 1 deer counties... Group hunted with. If it legal it up ta tag holder... On them leases, seen plenty of deer that rival ones put on the photo form ... Mature bucks get that way LF & HF by hunter education ..... Right now, plenty of brows on ground... Deer are nauraly browsers... They know were every stands is... Lots of ways of deer manageing... Best wishes ta all... flag
_________________________

i'm postaddic

Top
#5814451 - 07/02/15 07:07 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
Western Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23588
Loc: Wise County Texas
Hope the "naysayers/deniers" are right, that is all I really know. Head in the sand wont solve it if it becomes a nightmare.
_________________________
Friends don't let Friends drink and post.......

The first 5 day's after the weekend, are the hardest....

Dennis


Top
#5814460 - 07/02/15 07:17 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: jeh7mmmag]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
My concern would be centered around how a ranch in Central Texas that never had CWD suddenly now has CWD. How did CWD get started on this ranch in the middle of Texas? Did it get there via native deer, pen deer, exotic deer(Elk) or something we have never even thought about????? I would be spending resources to find that out. Using this location (if it were secure) to research a herd that has it would be important to trying to get handle on live testing, cures, etc IMO.
_________________________


Top
#5814466 - 07/02/15 07:27 AM Re: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer [Re: stxranchman]
Western Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23588
Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
My concern would be centered around how a ranch in Central Texas that never had CWD suddenly now has CWD. How did CWD get started on this ranch in the middle of Texas? Did it get there via native deer, pen deer, exotic deer(Elk) or something we have never even thought about????? I would be spending resources to find that out. Using this location (if it were secure) to research a herd that has it would be important to trying to get handle on live testing, cures, etc IMO.


Agree, sure seems odd, may be one of the dangers of CWD IDK. Assuming the owners and staff are up front with the biologist.
_________________________
Friends don't let Friends drink and post.......

The first 5 day's after the weekend, are the hardest....

Dennis


Top
Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 >



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide