ARKANSAS Detects First Chronic Wasting Disease CWD in a wild elk

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    ARKANSAS Detects First Chronic Wasting Disease CWD in a wild elk

    ??? One of the subjects confessed to taking a fourth deer in Texas, which was wasted and dumped in Arkansas. ???

    Wrong State of Mind

    A Bowie County game warden received a call from Arkansas Game and Fish officers in reference to a truck they had stopped that was traveling east on Interstate 30 from Texas. The vehicle contained 10 whitetail deer, a bobcat and a turkey breast that had all been harvested in Central Texas. It is illegal to transport a deer with bones from a chronic wasting disease state into the state of Arkansas. Since the wildlife officers in Arkansas were not entirely familiar with Texas laws, they requested the Bowie County warden to inspect the subject’s game for any Texas violations. The warden inspected the deer at the Arkansas Game and Fish district office and wrote several citations for tagging proof-of-sex violations. The state of Arkansas filed several cases for transporting deer with bone still attached, seized all of the animals and parts for their violations, and tested the deer for chronic wasting disease.

    Don’t Mess With Texas... or Arkansas

    A Gregg County game warden responded to a Longview Animal Control call regarding a decaying doe hanging in a resident’s tree. When the warden located the deer, he also discovered an additional untagged doe behind the property and an untagged nine-point buck. Two of the four individuals interviewed claimed they harvested the two deer in Arkansas. One of the subjects confessed to taking a fourth deer in Texas, which was wasted and dumped in Arkansas. When questioned about the discrepancy between their harvest dates versus the date printed on their Arkansas hunting licenses, two of the subjects acknowledged hunting without a license. The warden then contacted Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers who advised that they were pursuing more than $2,500 in charges. They also said that two of the men face one year suspensions, while another would receive a lifetime hunting license suspension in Arkansas. Civil restitution and multiple charges were filed, including no hunting license; hunting during closed season; failure to keep game in edible condition; untagged deer; and no harvest log. Investigation is ongoing and cases pending.

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Parks and Wildlife begins reducing deer population at Texas Mountain Ranch Chronic Wasting Disease CWD TSE Prion Update

    *** I kindly would like to comment on a few statements from the TPWD et al ;
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    AGFC addresses state's CWD issue

    Nearly 150 people gathered at the Carroll Electric Building on Monday to hear a presentation on the chronic wasting disease from biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

    The panel for the discussion included Brad Carner and Dick Baxter, chief and assistant chief, respectively, of the AGFC's wildlife management division; Don White, professor of wildlife ecology with the University of Arkansas agricultural extension at Monticello; Cory Gray, the AGFC's deer program coordinator; Wes Wright, the AGFC's elk program coordinator; Dr. Margaret Wild, wildlife veterinarian for the National Park Service; and Kevin Cheri, the National Park Service's superintendent for the Buffalo National River. Ken Reeves of Harrison, a member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, also attended.

    The only known instance of chronic wasting disease recorded in Arkansas was reported last Tuesday from an elk that was killed late October in the Buffalo National River corridor in Searcy County, near Pruitt. As a result, the AGFC announced itwill kill between 40-50 elk and about 250 deer March 7 through April 1 within a five-mile radius of where the infected elk was killed.

    The AGFC held the meeting to brief the community on the CWD sampling efforts, which will occur largely on private land. To that end, the AGFC also sought permission from landowners to allow AGFC personnel to their land for sampling, or to kill deer and elk on their property for sampling themselves.

    "We have no intention of coming in on private landowners that don't want us to access their property or don't want us to collect samples," Carner said. "We're looking for willing landowners that will allow us to come in and take samples, or landowners that are willing to do it themselves.

    Wright said all of the elk in the five-mile sampling zone will probably be killed.

    Audience members questioned the panel about how CWD is transmitted, how long it persists in the environment and whether people can contract it.

    The pathogenic protein, or prion, that causes CWD is found in the saliva, feces, urine, blood and carcasses of infected animals, Carner said. He also said an infected animal can begin shedding prions within six months of acquiring the disease, but clinical symptoms can appear within 18-60 months.

    Symptoms include behavioral changes, excessive drinking, excessive urination, excessive salivation and excessive drowsiness. Infected deer and elk also exhibit a wide stance, and lowered heads and ears.

    Keith Stephens, chief of communications for the AGFC, said CWD-infected deer and elk are often killed by motor vehicles because they won't move off roadways. For that reason, the AGFC routinely tests road-killed deer for CWD.

    A heated exchange occurred between John Butler, a landowner in Boxley Valley, which has a large elk concentration, and the panel. Butler said the AGFC violated its mandate under Amendment 35 to the state constitution to protect Arkansas wildlife by importing elk from Colorado in the 1980s, which he called an "exotic" species.

    Butler also demanded the AGFC kill every elk in Arkansas.

    White said there is no proof that there are different eastern elk subspecies in North America, and that there is no genetic differences between Rocky Mountain elk and the elk that were extirpated from Arkansas in the 1800s.

    "I feel we've got only species of elk in North America," White said. "It certainly is within the purview of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to reintroduce a native species."

    Reeves said reintroducing elk was one of the AGFC's accomplishments and he would do everything within his power to enhance elk hunting and elk viewing opportunities. The audience applauded Reeve's remarks.

    A second meeting will be held today in Marshall, starting at 6 p.m. at the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative.

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    Audiences were curious but not fearful at the chronic wasting disease meetings the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held Monday and Tuesday at Jasper and Marshall.

    The Jasper meeting had the greater potential to be contentious because it is ground zero of the CWD crisis. The only known cervid ever to test positive for the disease was killed a few miles north of Jasper, near Pruitt, close to the Buffalo River in October.

    A crowd of about 150 listened raptly to a CWD presentation led by Brad Carner, chief of the AGFC's wildlife management division. Carner explained what CWD is, how deer and elk contract it, and how long it stays in the environment.

    For the most part, the people who spoke at the Jasper meeting seemed very protective of the elk and were rueful about the possible removal of elk from the Buffalo River landscape.

    The commission supplied forms that landowners could fill out, allowing AGFC personnel to enter their land to kill deer and elk for CWD sampling in a 5-mile zone. Landowners who don't want AGFC personnel on their land could fill out a different form volunteering to kill deer and elk for sampling themselves.

    After the meeting, landowners picked up or filled out the forms.

    The meeting offered a few revelations. Most notably, the AGFC recommends not eating any meat from a deer or elk that tests positive for CWD.

    Carner and Wes Wright, the AGFC's elk program coordinator, said there is no known incident of anyone contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease -- the human version of CWD -- from eating a deer or elk infected with CWD. Nevertheless, Wright said scientific and wildlife management communities recommend not eating any part of a CWD-infected cervid.

    Also, killing deer and elk because of CWD will be progressive in terms of territory.

    The AGFC's original CWD response plan prescribed killing cervids within a core zone, which had a 25-mile radius and 50-mile diameter. The updated plan the AGFC adopted Feb. 23 reduced the core zone to 5 miles, but progressive sampling could lead to the same destination.

    The AGFC will attempt to kill about 40 elk and 250 deer in the 5-mile core zone in just 26 days, from March 7 to April 1. Cory Gray, the AGFC's deer program coordinator, said AGFC personnel will station shooters on fields, but that shooters will also operate from helicopters using night vision equipment. They will suspend operations April 1 to avoid interfering with spring turkey season, which begins April 16.

    If another animal with CWD is taken anywhere within the core zone, the site where that animal is killed will become the epicenter of a new core zone with a radius of an additional 5 miles. New core zones will be established until no more positive samples are obtained.

    Consequently, CWD could significantly affect deer hunting regulations throughout Deer Management Zone 2 in the 2016-17 deer seasons.

    If CWD is found to be prevalent in that area's elk herd, the AGFC likely will suspend the three-point rule for legal bucks next season and significantly increase bag limits for the purpose of reducing the size of the deer herd.

    It is also possible that sampling could reduce the size of the Buffalo River elk herd to a number too small to be sustainable.

    That is, of course, a worst-case scenario, but hunters and elk watchers should be prepared.

    At least for now, CWD is the face of a new reality in Newton County. We sincerely hope the AGFC does not find another case of CWD there or anywhere else.