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CWD spreads among Colorado deer herds

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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) continues to spread across Colorado and has officials worried it could result in a long-term impact on deer herd health. While the disease has become widespread, recent testing results have found a “tenfold increase” of CWD in the White River herd, which is “one of the state’s largest in terms of population and geographic area,” The Daily Sentinel reports. 

“We were quite alarmed to see the kind of prevalence (of CWD) we’ve seen in the last couple years. That raises its priority quite a lot in my mind,” said Brad Petch, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) senior biologist in northwest Colorado.

Due to the prevalence of CWD, CPW began mandatory testing in 2017 and, in 2018, extended testing for an additional 31 Game Management Units that weren’t tested during the previous year’s mandatory sample. The agency also moved forward with a new CWD response plan, which requires “rotating mandatory testing between herds” and “tweaking hunting levels” to help keep the disease under control “while not falling below the lower end of population range objectives identified in existing herd management plans,” according to The Daily Sentinel.

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Yet, some individuals who deal directly with deer carcasses like Jay Purkey, who owns a meat processing facility in Meeker where the “tenfold increase” of CWD was recently confirmed, thinks CPW isn’t acknowledging how severe the threat of the disease really is. Purkey told The Daily Sentinel that an outfitter in the area had three of his four recent clients harvest a CWD-infected deer. Purkey has witnessed an increase in CWD-infected deer at his meat processing plant.

“I think it’s more prevalent than (wildlife officials) think up here,” Purkey said. “I think they’ve got a problem and they don't know how to fix it.” 

However, CPW officials think the current response plan is a good start at fixing the problem. Matt Dunfee, who helped draft the plan and directs the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, told The Daily Sentinel that most plans “don’t have enough scope, don’t last long enough and don’t provide information that allows the state to learn and adapt over time,” but that CPW’s does all three, which will hopefully make it an effective action plan against the disease.

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Gary C. - posted 2 weeks ago on 07-30-2019 07:50:01 am

The scientific name for CWD and other forms of prion disease is “transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is transmissible. As a transmissible disease, pathway management is critical. People and wildlife are caught in the crossfire of misinformation and mismanagement.

To contain prion disease, we must stop dumping millions of tons of infectious waste from humans throughout the environment (forests, farms, parks, golf courses, playgrounds and beyond). Just last November the U.S. EPA backtracked on 40 years of lies when it admitted that it doesn’t fully understand the risks associated with dumping infectious/toxic/radioactive waste on land (also known as sewage sludge or biosolids). As such, the dumping is illegal, yet the practice has not been stopped.

Neurodegenerative disease is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. As the epidemic spreads, our waste stream becomes deadlier. Human sewage (biosolids and reclaimed wastewater) is the largest prion pathway in the world. Infectious waste isn’t fertilizer.

There is no species barrier to prion disease among mammals. A deadly prion is a deadly prion. Prions kill mammals (including humans) with unparalleled efficiency. It’s time to demand the truth from government and industry. It’s time for meaningful reforms on many levels. Prion mismanagement threatens public health, livestock health and wildlife (including sea mammals). It’s time to enforce the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 to protect our food, water, air and more from prion disease.

http://crossbowcommunications.com/neurodegenerative-disease-public-healt... Answers begin with the truth.

Terry S. - posted 3 weeks ago on 07-29-2019 10:16:07 am

Colorado Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan December 2018

I. Executive Summary Mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose are highly valued species in North America. Some of Colorado’s herds of these species are increasingly becoming infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD). As of July 2018, at least 31 of Colorado's 54 deer herds (57%), 16 of 43 elk herds (37%), and 2 of 9 moose herds (22%) are known to be infected with CWD. Four of Colorado's 5 largest deer herds and 2 of the state’s 5 largest elk herds are infected. Deer herds tend to be more heavily infected than elk and moose herds living in the same geographic area. Not only are the number of infected herds increasing, the past 15 years of disease trends generally show an increase in the proportion of infected animals within herds as well. Of most concern, greater than a 10-fold increase in CWD prevalence has been estimated in some mule deer herds since the early 2000s; CWD is now adversely affecting the performance of these herds.

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IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE

Disease in humans resulting from CWD exposure has not been reported to date. However, public health officials cannot determine there is no risk from eating meat from infected animals. Consequently, officials recommend that people avoid exposure to CWD-infected animals. Please see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website ( http://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/priondiseases ) for the most current recommendations on carcass testing and other preventive measures.

To minimize exposure to CWD and other diseases of potential concern, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and state public health officials advise hunters not to shoot, handle or consume any deer, elk or moose that is acting abnormally or appears to be sick. When fielddressing game, wear rubber gloves and minimize the use of a bone saw to cut through the brain or spinal cord (backbone). Minimize contact with brain or spinal cord tissues, eyes, spleen or lymph nodes. Always wash hands and utensils thoroughly after dressing and processing game meat.

(the map on page 71, cwd marked in red, is shocking...tss)

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf

snip...see full report and more updated science on cwd tse prion here;

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is addressing Chronic Wasting Disease with its CWD Response Plan

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/03/colorado-parks-and-...

August 2019

Wisconsin’s World of CWD

https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/Documents/Pennsylvania%20Gam...

we already know what tse prion will do in the environment, we must act now, not more studies, imo...

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019

Wisconsin CWD research planned at Buckhorn Flats property

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/07/wisconsin-cwd-resea...

Wisconsin CWD TSE Prion

LISTEN TO THIS NICE LITTLE CWD BLUES DIDDY BY TAMI ABOUT WISCONSIN CWD TSE PRION. WOW, ANNUAL UPDATES NOW, FROM HERE ON OUT, ABOUT CWD...200,000 CWD TESTS, WITH OVER 3500 CWD POSITIVE CASES, SEEING INCREASING TRENDS IN PREVALENCE AND DISTRIBUTION...CARCASS DISPOSAL SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE...CWD SAMPLING EFFORTS GONE DONE, WHILE CWD POSITIVES HAVE GONE UP...ALSO, 40 SELF SERVING KIOSKS ACROSS STATE AND FREE HUNTER SERVICE CWD TESTING AND SICK DEER POLICY REPORTING AND TESTING ACROSS STATE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DHindrC1x0

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019

Wisconsin caves to cervid game farm industry and lets fencing requirements expire, which will allow CWD to spread even further

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/03/wisconsin-caves-to-...

Texas Chronic Wasting Disease CWD TSE Prion Symposium 2018 posted January 2019 VIDEO SET 18 CLIPS See Wisconsin update...terrible news, right after Texas updated map around 5 minute mark...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAK_YBZh2tA&feature=youtu.be&list=PL7ZG8...

WISCONSIN CWD CAPTIVE CWD UPDATE VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAK_YBZh2tA&feature=youtu.be&t=602&fbcli...

cwd update on Wisconsin from Tammy Ryan...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvy2SMGQt6o&index=11&list=PL7ZG8MkruQh3w...

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Wisconsin Two deer that escaped farm had chronic wasting disease CWD

http://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2016/02/wisconsin-two-deer-t...

TUESDAY, MARCH 05, 2019

TAHC CWD TSE PRION AT 144 POSITIVE MINUTES OF THE 401st COMMISSION MEETING Texas Animal Health Commission August 7, 2018

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/03/tahc-cwd-tse-prion-...

TEXAS BREEDER DEER ESCAPEE WITH CWD IN THE WILD, or so the genetics would show?

OH NO, please tell me i heard this wrong, a potential Texas captive escapee with cwd in the wild, in an area with positive captive cwd herd?

apparently, no ID though. tell me it ain't so please...

23:00 minute mark

''Free Ranging Deer, Dr. Deyoung looked at Genetics of this free ranging deer and what he found was, that the genetics on this deer were more similar to captive deer, than the free ranging population, but he did not see a significant connection to any one captive facility that he analyzed, so we believe, Ahhhhhh, this animal had some captive ahhh, whatnot.''

https://youtu.be/aoPDeGL6mpQ?t=1384

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019

''CWD has also been diagnosed in several free-ranging white-tailed deer harvested on ranches in close proximity to the remaining CWD positive breeding facilities within Medina County in central Texas. Genetic tests performed on those hunter-harvested deer found that the genetic composition of the subject animals were more closely related to deer in nearby captive facilities, as opposed to those in the surrounding free-range population.''

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS TESTIMONY TEXAS TPWD

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/06/house-committee-on-...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019

Subcommittee Hearing: Chronic Wasting Disease: The Threats to Wildlife, Public Lands, Hunting, and Health

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/06/subcommittee-hearin...

2002

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CONGRESS Serial No. 107-117 May 16, 2002

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

JOINT OVERSIGHT HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FORESTS AND FOREST HEALTH JOINT WITH THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE AND OCEANS OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED SEVENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION

May 16, 2002

Serial No. 107-117

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Mr. MCINNIS. Today, this joint Subcommittee hearing will explore an issue of immeasurable importance to the growing number of communities in wide-ranging parts of this country, the growing incidence of Chronic Wasting Disease in North America’s wild and captive deer and elk populations. In a matter of just a few months, this once parochial concern has grown into something much larger and much more insidious than anyone could have imagined or predicted.

As each day passes, this problem grows in its size, scope, and consequence. One thing becomes clear. Chronic Wasting Disease is not a Colorado problem. It is a Wisconsin problem or a Nebraska or Wyoming problem. It is a national problem and anything short of a fully integrated, systematic national assault on this simply will not do, which is precisely why we brought our group together here today.

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So this is a disease that is spreading throughout the continent and it is going to require a national response as well as the efforts that are currently taking place in States like Wisconsin, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, the interest they now have down in Texas and some of the neighboring States that have large white-tailed deer population and also elk.

This is a huge issue for us, Mr. Chairman, in the State of Wisconsin. I want to commend Governor McCallum and your staff and the various agencies for the rapid response that you have shown, given the early detection of CWD after the last deer hunting season. The problem that we have, though, is just a lack of information, good science in regards to what is the best response, how dangerous is this disease. We cannot close the door, quite frankly, with the paucity of scientific research that is out there right now in regards to how the disease spreads, the exposure of other livestock herds—given the importance of our dairy industry in the State, that is a big issue—and also the human health effects.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-107hhrg79658/pdf/CHRG-107hhrg79...

FRIDAY, APRIL 05, 2019

TPWD CWD Sampling Effort Leads to Proposed Containment Zone Expansion

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/04/tpwd-cwd-sampling-e...

the other part, these tissues and things in the body then shed or secrete prions which then are the route to other animals into the environment, so in particular, the things, the secretions that are infectious are salvia, feces, blood and urine. so pretty much anything that comes out of a deer is going to be infectious and potential for transmitting disease.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bItnEElzuKo&index=6&list=PL7ZG8MkruQh3wI...

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

Pennsylvania Release of chronic wasting disease CWD TSE plan delayed, what's the hurry now after floundering since 2012

Pennsylvania, here's what CWD TSE Prion on steroids in slow motion looks like, it's kinda like compounding interest, and Pennsylvania should get a a hefty return on their floundering with CWD TSE PRION...terry

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/06/pennsylvania-releas...

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

Michigan Osceola County deer farm/ranch owner arraigned on several violations

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/05/michigan-osceola-co...

THURSDAY, MAY 09, 2019

Michigan CWD TSE Prion increases to 120 Cases to Date

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/05/michigan-cwd-tse-pr...

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species

https://chronic-wasting-disease.blogspot.com/2019/07/chronic-wasting-dis...

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

APHIS, FSIS, USDA, FDA, Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy TSE, BSE, CWD, Scrapie, Camel TSE Prion Disease, CJD Humans

https://transmissiblespongiformencephalopathy.blogspot.com/2019/06/aphis...

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