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#5864412 - 08/05/15 11:33 AM Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd
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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage has joined with The Texas Wildlife Association, the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Boone & Crockett Club, Quality Deer Management Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Borderlands Research Institute, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas State Rifle Association and Texas Wildlife and Fisheries Management Council to support implementation of prudent regulatory protocols in response to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which was first discovered in a captive deer breeding facility in Medina County in late June, 2015. The groups were all signatories to a recent resolution initiated by the Texas Wildlife Association.

"It is important to all of us that the conservation, hunting and land steward community is galvanized in response to the finding of CWD in Medina County," Jenny Sanders, executive director of Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage, said. "We need to ensure that our actions are guided by science, caution and a sense of utmost concern for our wild deer herds, hunting markets and rural economies."

CWD, an always-fatal, infectious brain disease that affects members of the deer family (Cervids, including white tailed and mule deer, elk, reindeer, red deer and sika) has been a known threat for many years, with documented cases in 21 states and 2 Canadian Provinces, including West Texas mule deer in 2012. Captive deer—purposefully confined in high concentrations, potentially shipped to and through multiple deer breeding facilities and then liberated to co-mingle with wild deer—could greatly amplify the speed, volume and geographic distribution of CWD.

Texas Mountain Ranch, where a diseased buck was first detected in June, has shipped 825 deer to 147 properties in the last five years, potentially exposing 66 Texas counties to this deadly disease.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are now reporting that preliminary tests on two additional deer from this facility have come back positive for CWD. These samples have been sent to a national diagnostic laboratory in Ames, Iowa for confirmation.

As the investigation develops, and if other CWD-positive animals are discovered—primarily through post-mortem inspections of brain tissue—the impacts of CWD could grow exponentially.

"This issue transcends the captive deer breeding industry alone," David Yeates, CEO of the Texas Wildlife Association, said in a statement on July 16th to the TPWD Commission. "It is imperative that state agencies respond to this issue with decisiveness and transparency, establishing and preserving public faith in the health and safety of captive and native free-range deer herds in Texas."

Approximately 110,000 deer are currently held under permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in just over 1,300 captive deer breeding facilities in Texas. Alternately, there are more than 700,000 deer hunters; 3.9 million free-ranging deer in Texas; and hundreds of thousands of landowners across the state who rely on hunting to generate income.

Deer hunting in Texas represents $2.1 billion in economic impact, derived from license fees, excise taxes, funds raised by hunting and conservation groups, and hunters' spending. All of this is in addition to the indirect financial impacts that healthy and huntable wildlife populations have on real estate and other rural values.

"It is imperative that the response to this disease finding be focused on uncovering the source of infection and protecting the greater hunting markets and wild deer populations," Sanders said.

CWD is a member of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Family (TSE). TSEs such as Scrapie and BSE (Mad Cow Disease) have caused harm to livestock, livestock-related markets and in the case of BSE, human health.

The coalition supports equal or similar animal health practices and standards as have been applied to the livestock industry when dealing with diseases like CWD. Some of these practices include, but are not limited to, testing of CWD-susceptible wildlife, restrictions on movement of live CWD-susceptible wildlife, and the testing of hunter-harvested CWD-susceptible wildlife from high-risk areas. Additionally, the groups recommend that protocols err on the side of safety in protecting our state's wildlife resources, livestock and farming interests, and human health.

"This disease, if it spreads to the wild, could pose a threat to the biological, ecological and financial health of wildlife populations, broad wildlife-related economies in Texas, as well as to the working lands that supply a multitude of societal benefits to all Texas citizens," Yeates said.

In his testimony to the TPWD Commission on July 16, Dr. Roel Lopez, current President of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, set the tone for how decisions should be made in regard to the management of this disease.

"The actions and measures implemented in the next few months will serve to shape the future of our native deer populations for generations to come," Lopez said. "We are at a critical crossroad, and how we move forward should not be short sighted."

About Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage
Launched in 2014, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is a coalition of sportsmen and women who value the rich tradition of hunting in Texas. The coalition seeks to promote the values and tradition of sustainable, fair chase hunting to all Texans, while exposing practices that threaten the future of the sport. Texans for Saving our Hunting Heritage is led by Executive Director Jenny Sanders, with members Ernest Angelo, Jr., Joseph B. C. Fitzsimons, Stephen J. "Tio" Kleberg, and Dr. Wallace Klussman. Hunt Real. Hunt Wild. Hunt Texas Proud.

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KArnold@EChristianPR.com or KMcKee@EChristianPR.com




SOURCE Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/...-300123678.html
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#5864652 - 08/05/15 02:19 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Hypocritical worthless witch hunting folks who are definitely not concerned with understanding CWD.
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#5864772 - 08/05/15 03:39 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: therancher]
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What would be their motivation for witch hunting?and how are they being hypocritical?


Edited by JJH (08/05/15 03:40 PM)

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#5864967 - 08/05/15 05:54 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: JJH]
therancher Offline
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Originally Posted By: JJH
What would be their motivation for witch hunting?and how are they being hypocritical?


Their charter is to get breeding and stocking outlawed, and as such they are ginning up the bogus hype (witch hunting) that CWD will destroy white tail hunting in Texas. Pretty much anyone with a 3rd grade education now knows that's ridiculous since many states have a decades old head start on us and there have been no wild herds decimated.

The hypocritical part is the fact that they have their improved deer behind a high fence and are desperately trying to destroy others who are trying to do the same.
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#5865088 - 08/05/15 07:05 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: JJH]
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Originally Posted By: JJH
What would be their motivation for witch hunting?and how are they being hypocritical?



We had CWD for a few years in West Texas but no body cared for the most part... No deer slaughters nothing just testing here and there.. Another test comes back positive out there and it's a..ok.. Becomes a fleeting announcement on the back page of some small town paper..

Now let a breeder get CWD and it's a damn Seal Team 6 accession!!!!! Interesting isn't it.


State is actually the original deer breeders and HF'ers but everyone is quick to forget

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#5865098 - 08/05/15 07:09 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I really wonder about the title of this thread.

I'm a hunter. I'm not part of any of these groups.

And from what I do understand, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is just a anti-high fence hunting org.

I disagree with the title of this post. I'm a hunter and I don't support any group that attacks other hunters hunting game legally because they don't approve of the way they hunt. Not my idea of hunters uniting.
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#5865415 - 08/05/15 09:50 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: JJH
What would be their motivation for witch hunting?and how are they being hypocritical?



We had CWD for a few years in West Texas but no body cared for the most part... No deer slaughters nothing just testing here and there.. Another test comes back positive out there and it's a..ok.. Becomes a fleeting announcement on the back page of some small town paper..

Now let a breeder get CWD and it's a damn Seal Team 6 accession!!!!! Interesting isn't it.


State is actually the original deer breeders and HF'ers but everyone is quick to forget


Perfect.
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#5865423 - 08/05/15 09:54 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I really wonder about the title of this thread.

I'm a hunter. I'm not part of any of these groups.

And from what I do understand, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is just a anti-high fence hunting org.

I disagree with the title of this post. I'm a hunter and I don't support any group that attacks other hunters hunting game legally because they don't approve of the way they hunt. Not my idea of hunters uniting.


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I would however correct you on one element. Texans for saving our hunting heritage (the guys who organized these witch hunters). are in fact high fenced ranch owners. The most hypocritical thing I've seen in years. They have their deer in place behind their high fence, and are trying to outlaw their competition.
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#5865432 - 08/05/15 09:58 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Rancher. When you say their charter, which of the 8 or 10 organizations are you referring to?

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#5865671 - 08/06/15 06:53 AM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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When are these same groups going to support the kill of all the Mule Deer in the CWD infected areas of West Texas?
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#5865946 - 08/06/15 10:01 AM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I really wonder about the title of this thread.

I'm a hunter. I'm not part of any of these groups.

And from what I do understand, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is just a anti-high fence hunting org.

I disagree with the title of this post. I'm a hunter and I don't support any group that attacks other hunters hunting game legally because they don't approve of the way they hunt. Not my idea of hunters uniting.


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I would however correct you on one element. Texans for saving our hunting heritage (the guys who organized these witch hunters). are in fact high fenced ranch owners. The most hypocritical thing I've seen in years. They have their deer in place behind their high fence, and are trying to outlaw their competition.


This man speaks the truth.

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#5865961 - 08/06/15 10:08 AM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: fouzman]
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Don't have a dog in this fight. Just trying to understand the issues. Don't know much about the other organizations in this coalition. But the CKWRI, TSRA, and the TWA are credible, IMO.

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#5866172 - 08/06/15 12:19 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Ok, here are peer reviewed studies and DNR sites that outline why CWD is horrible for Texas. $2 billion of hunting industry stands to lose if this disease becomes established. In the short term those that will likely profit from the long term disease are the breeders and stocker release industry, with mortality rates increased of upper age deer, only those younger populations stand to have quality deer to harvest. Since breeders breed for younger deer (2.5-3.5 y/o) for sale and hunting and are released 10 days prior to hunting season. It is logical that the deer breeder industry stands to gain immensely by this disease. During that time those "stockers" potentially infected and not showing clinical signs of the disease. Only mature populations of infected deer stand to slowly be reduced over time due to lower reproduction. So if you want to take a snapshot, look at your hunting population, just remove deer older than 4.5 y/o, see what you have left. Unless you buy more from a breeder.

Every site and journal cites the long term effects on populations. Here are a few that I Have collected. Note third party sites that snip and editorialize research or paraphrase are left off because those are unreliable sources of information on scientific data.

https://mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/resources/2013/08/cwdsetrecstrt_8-23-13.pdf

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/CWD/Documents/CWDManagementFactOrFiction.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587713000743

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0019896

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0091043

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695855/

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/CWD/PDF/ResearchArticles/CWD_mule_deer_JWM.pdf

http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/pdfs/md_annual_deer_report13-14.pdf

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Baiting-FAQ_247215_7.pdf

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/cwd.htm

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Huntin..._of_CWD_JWD.pdf

http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/students/wfpages/wfd/wf3141/rhine.pdf

All these states and scientists come to the same conclusion that CWD is a potentially bad disease for Texas and that no matter how much it is downplayed that this disease is not a "big deal" you might want to think again.

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#5866198 - 08/06/15 12:29 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I get suspicious anytime I see the term 'Fair Chase Hunting' that implies deciding what's fair chase. I'm going to please myself, if you don't approve, you can take your opinion and put it where the sun doesn't shine.
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#5866267 - 08/06/15 01:16 PM Re: Hunters and Conservationists Unite in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Finding in Captive Deer Herd [Re: tx_biologist]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Originally Posted By: tx_biologist
Ok, here are peer reviewed studies and DNR sites that outline why CWD is horrible for Texas. $2 billion of hunting industry stands to lose if this disease becomes established. In the short term those that will likely profit from the long term disease are the breeders and stocker release industry, with mortality rates increased of upper age deer, only those younger populations stand to have quality deer to harvest. Since breeders breed for younger deer (2.5-3.5 y/o) for sale and hunting and are released 10 days prior to hunting season. It is logical that the deer breeder industry stands to gain immensely by this disease. During that time those "stockers" potentially infected and not showing clinical signs of the disease. Only mature populations of infected deer stand to slowly be reduced over time due to lower reproduction. So if you want to take a snapshot, look at your hunting population, just remove deer older than 4.5 y/o, see what you have left. Unless you buy more from a breeder.

Every site and journal cites the long term effects on populations. Here are a few that I Have collected. Note third party sites that snip and editorialize research or paraphrase are left off because those are unreliable sources of information on scientific data.

https://mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/resources/2013/08/cwdsetrecstrt_8-23-13.pdf

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/CWD/Documents/CWDManagementFactOrFiction.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587713000743

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0019896

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0091043

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695855/

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/CWD/PDF/ResearchArticles/CWD_mule_deer_JWM.pdf

http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/pdfs/md_annual_deer_report13-14.pdf

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Baiting-FAQ_247215_7.pdf

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/cwd.htm

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Huntin..._of_CWD_JWD.pdf

http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/students/wfpages/wfd/wf3141/rhine.pdf

All these states and scientists come to the same conclusion that CWD is a potentially bad disease for Texas and that no matter how much it is downplayed that this disease is not a "big deal" you might want to think again.

When is the state going to start the slaughter of all of the Mule Deer and Elk in those CWD positive counties in West Texas? It has only been 3 yrs since reported (6 years since they found it and hid it). Are they trying to give CWD a running head start or just waited till it was found inside a breeding herd to kill all those deer off first?
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