CWD found in Michigan

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  1. Tom Morang

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Aug. 25, 2008

    Contacts: Bridget Patrick (MDA) 517-241-2669 or Mary Dettloff (DNR)
    517-335-3014



    Michigan’s First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kent
    County Deer Breeding Facility


    LANSING - The Michigan departments of Agriculture (MDA) and Natural
    Resources (DNR) today confirmed the state’s first case of Chronic
    Wasting Disease (CWD) in a three-year old white-tailed deer from a
    privately owned cervid (POC) facility in Kent County.

    The state has quarantined all POC facilities, prohibiting the movement
    of all - dead or alive - privately-owned deer, elk or moose. Officials
    do not yet know how the deer may have contracted the disease. To date,
    there is no evidence that CWD presents a risk to humans.

    DNR and MDA staff are currently reviewing records from the Kent County
    facility and five others to trace deer that have been purchased, sold or
    moved by the owners in the last five years for deer and the last seven
    years for elk. Any deer that may have come in contact with the
    CWD-positive herd have been traced to their current location and those
    facilities have been quarantined.

    “Michigan’s veterinarians and wildlife experts have been working
    throughout the weekend to complete their investigation,” said Don
    Koivisto, MDA director. “We take this disease very seriously, and are
    using every resource available to us to implement response measures and
    stop the spread of this disease.”

    CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose.
    Most cases of the disease have been in western states, but in the past
    several years, it has spread to some midwestern and eastern states.
    Infected animals display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and
    physical debilitation.

    Current evidence suggests that the disease is transmitted through
    infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and
    other fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by
    direct exposure to these fluids or also from contaminated environments.
    Once contaminated, research suggests that soil can remain a source of
    infection for long periods of time, making CWD a particularly difficult
    disease to eradicate.

    Michigan’s First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kent
    County Deer Breeding Facility: page 2

    “Currently, one of our top concerns is to confirm that the disease is
    not in free-ranging deer,” said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. “We
    are asking hunters this fall to assist us by visiting check stations to
    allow us to take biological samples from the deer they harvest, so we
    can perform adequate surveillance of the free-ranging white-tailed deer
    herd in the area.”

    Deer hunters this fall who take deer from Tyrone, Soldon, Nelson,
    Sparta, Algoma, Courtland, Alpine, Plainfield, and Cannon townships will
    be required to bring their deer to a DNR check station. Deer taken in
    these townships are subject to mandatory deer check.

    The DNR is also asking hunters who are participating in the private
    land five-day antlerless hunt in September in other parts of Kent County
    to visit DNR check stations in Kent County so further biological
    samples can be taken from free-ranging deer for testing. The DNR is in
    the process of finding additional locations for check stations in Kent
    County to make it more convenient for hunters.

    The deer that tested positive at the Kent County facility was a doe
    that had been recently culled by the owner of the facility. Michigan law
    requires sick deer or culled deer on a POC facility be tested for
    disease. The samples from the Kent County deer tested “suspect
    positive” last week at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for
    Population and Animal Health, and were sent to the National Veterinary
    Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa last Thursday for confirmatory
    testing. The positive results of those tests were communicated to the
    state of Michigan today.

    Audits of the facility by the DNR in 2004 and 2007 showed no escapes of
    animals from the Kent County facility were reported by the owner. Also,
    there were no violations of regulations recorded during the audits.

    Since 2002, the DNR has tested 248 wild deer in Kent County for CWD. In
    summer 2005, a number of those deer had displayed neurological symptoms
    similar to CWD; however, after testing it was determined the deer had
    contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

    More information on CWD is available on Michigan’s Emerging Diseases
    Web site at www.michigan.gov/chronicwastingdisease.

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  2. swoosh

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    My guess is there is going to be a surplus of sugar beets and carrots:yikes:
    Can we use sugar beets to make gas:rolleyes:

    Deer in cages reguardless of how big the cage is a bad idea. Nothing good has come from it, IMO
     

  3. Tom Morang

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    If we treat deer like cattle they will get sick just like cattle.
     
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    That should be a bumper sticker. Best quotes I have read in awhile. Can I use it?
     
  5. Tom Morang

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    IMHO every deer breeder in Michigan should be shut down. When will the state and the ag department get it?
     
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    Every game farm breeder and high fence operation.
     
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    Exactly....the greed of a few is going to radically change the management and numbers of our herd, not to mention the HUGE economic losses the people of this State will suffer.

    It burns my *** that the people responsible will be PAID for the deer that are going to be detsroyed from their herds, while many other good folks will be standing in the unemployment line.
     
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    I would support closing down deer breeders.

    At the same time, I wouldn't want for use deer breeders as the sole and solitary whipping boy. We have mismanaged our deer herd in an obscene manner, and the excess deer numbers that prevail today across MOST of Michigan's land mass represent a great peril. It's time we got serious about herd reduction.

    The EAS is great, but I regard it as a first step. We need to be creative and we need to be aggressive. It's my preference that hunters loudly lead the way.
     
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    I agree.....................

    We will also see if the NRC will place a ban on baiting now. They went on record 5 or 6 years ago stating there would be a ban on baiting if CWD was found in Michigan.
     
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    There will be.
     
  11. soggybtmboys

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    Ban baiting, ban mineral stations as well. CWD can stay in the soil then those need to go as well, numerous deer digging and drooling in them. Tuber type food plots need to go as well. Destroy all captive cervid herds in the state as well, and see where we are from there.
     
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    In the event CWD is documented within Michigan or within 50 mile of Michigan’s border with another state or Canadian province, the MDNR Director shall issue an interim order banning the use of bait and banning the feeding of deer and elk within the peninsula adjacent to the adjoining state or province with CWD or containing CWD.

    (taken from the CWD Contingency Plan dated August 26, 2002)
     
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    There's a lot of wisdom spoken in these posts. Maybe THIS is the issue that will lead those of us who love whitetail deer and respect the animal when we hunt and take it as a fine game species to cease our sodden, bitter bickering and finally get our act together to work as a unit of sportsmen and women.
     
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    So how is taking away a hunting method from "fair chase" free range animal hunting sportsmen going to stop CWD in the pen raised industry. And FYI I am not a bait hunter. I agree with WHIT1. I think it is time to band together before people trying to make money off of our passion to hunt these animals are the cause of us losing it all.
     
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