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Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season #8403469 10/01/21 05:18 PM
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AUSTIN – With the opening of deer season on the horizon, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists are asking that hunters and landowners throughout the state be mindful of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) as new cases of the disease have been discovered in individual locations within multiple counties throughout Texas.

The new positive cases were found in a free-ranging mule deer in Lubbock County, as well as within seven captive deer breeding facilities in Hunt, Uvalde, Matagorda, Mason, and Duval counties. TPWD is concerned that CWD could have been introduced into free-ranging deer herds on properties that received deer from these deer breeding facilities where CWD positive animals were discovered. More than 1,700 deer were released to high fence pastures in 119 properties scattered across the state. These maps depict counties that contain properties where those deer were released and the number of potentially CWD exposed deer that were released by county.

The level of suspected risk for these properties that received released deer exposed to CWD is of significant concern to TPWD. The movement of live deer is readily accepted as the greatest risk of spreading CWD across the state. Eradication of CWD is very difficult if not impossible when established in free-ranging deer populations and in the environment. TPWD and the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) have been working diligently to conduct epidemiological investigations and establish testing plans for those release sites in hopes of preventing CWD from becoming established in the free-ranging deer populations.

These recent discoveries of new cases bring the total number of CWD positive deer to 261 in 14 counties. To date, 168 of those positives are associated with captive breeding facilities, 25 from release sites associated with those positive captive breeding facilities, and 68 in free-ranging deer populations. Fifty-seven of the free-range positives are in the Trans Pecos and Texas panhandle, with the remaining 11 in Medina and Val Verde counties.

CWD surveillance of hunter-harvested deer, road-kills, and sick deer is critical for early detection and containment of the disease. Landowners and hunters play a critical role in managing CWD and are encouraged to report any tagged deer, or deer that appear to be sick or behaving strangely, to a TPWD biologist. Anyone hunting deer this season is encouraged to voluntarily provide samples for testing by taking deer to the nearest check station or by contacting a biologist in their area.

Learn more about CWD on the TPWD web site or the TAHC web site.

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Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: jeh7mmmag] #8403478 10/01/21 05:43 PM
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Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: jeh7mmmag] #8403714 10/01/21 09:44 PM
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by most accounts Texans kill around a half million deer a year. You can't convince me that if you tested every single one of them you wouldn't turn up several that had CWD.


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Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: jeh7mmmag] #8404943 10/03/21 05:29 AM
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35% of the deer testing positive for CWD are NOT associated with a breeding facility. Every breeding facility is tested for CWD and probably consist of a high 90’s percent of all testing. Hence the higher cases in breeder facilities.

And exactly WHAT is TPWD going to do to mitigate the “spread” of cwd??

Biggest waste of $ and resources in the history of game management.


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Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: therancher] #8406416 10/04/21 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by therancher
35% of the deer testing positive for CWD are NOT associated with a breeding facility. Every breeding facility is tested for CWD and probably consist of a high 90’s percent of all testing. Hence the higher cases in breeder facilities.

And exactly WHAT is TPWD going to do to mitigate the “spread” of cwd??

Biggest waste of $ and resources in the history of game management.


Couldn't have said it better myself.

Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: jeh7mmmag] #8411432 10/09/21 09:34 AM
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Anthrax has probably killed more deer in Texas than CWD ever will!

Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: Jimbo] #8411476 10/09/21 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Jimbo
Anthrax has probably killed more deer in Texas than CWD ever will!


Hell technically, I've killed more deer in TX then CWD


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Re: Biologists Remind Landowners and Hunters to Be Mindful of CWD Ahead of Deer Season [Re: jeh7mmmag] #8428406 10/24/21 07:43 PM
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Bipartisan Legislation Promises $70 Million Annually to Fight CWD
https://www.fieldandstream.com/hunting/bipartisan-cwd-legislation/
State and tribal game agencies, as well as captive cervid farmers and deer hunters, stand to reap big benefits in the fight against chronic wasting disease (CWD) if a bill introduced by Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) is ultimately passed by Congress. The Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act would authorize $70 million in annual spending from 2022 through 2028, with dollars split evenly between research and management.

The implications for the nation’s whitetail hunters could be huge. While the science for quicker and more effective CWD testing currently exists, funding for the actual implementation of that testing has been sorely lacking. This legislation could solve that problem. In addition, research into how CWD spreads and the most effective strategies for managing that spread has not advanced fast enough. More money to fund that research could be a game-changer, helping state agencies respond in a more effective manner.
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Texas receives CWD funding from USDA APHIS
https://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-receives-cwd-funding-from-usda-aphis/

Texas was one of the states that received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) earlier this month. The funding will help develop and implement chronic wasting disease (CWD) management and response activities in wild and farmed cervids.

Texas received $429,597.68 of the $5.7 million allocated from APHIS.

The Texas Animal Health Commission received the grant for the project titled Whole Genome Predictive Genetics and CWD Disease Response Strategies.

The remaining funds were distributed to 19 other states and 8 Tribes or Tribal organizations.

APHIS based its funding allocations on priorities that were collaboratively established with state agricultural and wildlife representatives, Tribal officials and the cervid industry. Those priorities are:

Improving CWD management of affected farmed herds and wild cervid populations;
Improving CWD management of affected areas or premises;
Conducting additional research on the use of certain sensitive testing technology, known as amplification assays, for CWD; Conducting additional research on predictive genetics; and
Developing and/or delivering educational outreach materials or programs.
APHIS received 64 proposals. To evaluate the projects, APHIS conducted scientific and program panel reviews of the proposals and worked with submitting entities where needed to refine the scope of the most promising projects.

CWD is an infectious, degenerative disease of cervids that causes brain cells to die, ultimately leading to the death of the affected animal. New tools and approaches will enable improved management of wild and farmed cervids at risk for the disease.

“APHIS is committed to working with our state and Tribal partners to control and prevent chronic wasting disease in our nation’s farmed and wild cervids,” Kevin Shea, APHIS administrator, said. “These collaborative efforts will strengthen our ability to find and implement new solutions as part of our mission to safeguard agriculture and natural resources.”


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