WI-DNR's tepid response to CWD in North Woods draws ire

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  1. terry

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    “Game Management,” says James Kroll, driving to his high-fenced, two-hundred-acre spread near Nacogdoches, “is the last bastion of communism.” Kroll, also known as Dr. Deer, is the director of the Forestry Resources Institute of Texas at Stephen F. Austin State University, and the “management” he is referring to is the sort practiced by the State of Texas. The 55-year-old Kroll is the leading light in the field of private deer management as a means to add value to the land. His belief is so absolute that some detractors refer to him as Dr. Dough, implying that his eye is on the bottom line more than on the natural world.

    Kroll, who has been the foremost proponent of deer ranching in Texas for more than thirty years, doesn’t mind the controversy and certainly doesn’t fade in the heat. People who call for more public lands are “cocktail conservationists,” he says, who are really pining for socialism. He calls national parks “wildlife ghettos” and flatly accuses the government of gross mismanagement. He argues that his relatively tiny acreage, marked by eight-foot fences and posted signs warning off would-be poachers, is a better model for keeping what’s natural natural while making money off the land.

    A trip to South Africa six years ago convinced Kroll that he was on the right track. There he encountered areas of primitive, lush wildlife-rich habitats called game ranches. They were privately owned, privately managed, and enclosed by high fences. He noticed how most of the land outside those fences had been grazed to the nub, used up. “Game ranches there derive their income from these animals — viewing them, hunting them, selling their meat,” he says. “There are no losers.” At his own ranch Kroll has set up a smaller version of the same thing. His land is indeed lush, verdant, with pine groves, an abundance of undergrowth, wild orchids, New Jersey tea, jack-in-the-pulpits, and other native plants. He has also set up a full-scale breeding research center and is one of twenty Texas deer breeders using artificial insemination to improve his herd. “We balance sex and age ratio,” he says. “We manage habitat. We control the population and manage for hunting. I want to leave the deer herd better than it was before we came.”

    http://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-deer-czar-to-wisconsin-ask-to.html

    TEXAS NEW CWD POSITIVES

    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer M 3.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer M 3.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 6.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 5.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 4.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 4.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 8.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Deer Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 3.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Release Site Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 5.5
    2017 1/8/18 Breeder Release Site Uvalde Facility #3 White-tailed Deer F 4.5

    https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/tracking/

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018

    TEXAS CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD TSE PRION MOUNTING, JUMPS TO 79 CASES TO DATE

    http://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2018/01/texas-chronic-wasting-disease-cwd-tse.html
     
  2. Radar420

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    Flesh it out for me Terry (preferably without all the snips and links to your blog) - what's your take? What part of Dr Kroll's recommendations led to the "Wisconsin situation?" What would you have done different?

    What do the Uvalde positive deer have to do with the discussion about Wisconsin? Is that a ranch of Dr Kroll's?
     

  3. Direwolfe

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    Wisconsin hunters had already decided to do nothing about CWD. The DNR was the enemy. Dr Kroll was brought in to provide cover to sanctify that conclusion.
     
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