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Michigan deer rancher falsifies CWD samples


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With chronic wasting disease (CWD) sweeping the nation and confirmed cases of the deadly disease in 23 different states, it makes what a Michigan deer rancher did that much worse. According to MLive, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) says that Lester Jay Gemmen, owner of the Super G Ranch, falsified “information about deer heads” submitted for CWD testing after his ranch was already under quarantine.

In January 2016, the Super G Ranch was quarantined after CWD was confirmed in two of the six deer heads Gemmen submitted for testing. While the ranch wasn’t immediately shut down, Gemmen was required to turn in additional deer heads for testing. In December 2016, he allegedly took four or five deer heads from a fellow deer processor, an Amish farmer named Henry Brenneman.

“He said, ‘I need a few heads. I've got to send a few in to get tested. I’m behind in testing,’” Brenneman told MLive in February 2017. “He told me this was an easy fix.”

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What followed was a year-long investigation conducted by MDNR officials who charged Gemmen “with providing false information regarding the origin of two deer heads and failing to properly maintain fencing at the Super G Ranch,” according to MLive. These charges resulted in Gemmen being sentenced to 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay $775 in fines.

The Super G Ranch continued to test positive for CWD in 2017. The remaining deer were “depopulated” and samples were sent to a lab for testing; however, “no further evidence of CWD was discovered,” MLive reports.

“I commend the detectives from our Special Investigations Unit and our field conservation officers for their thorough, professional approach to this investigation,” said First Lt. David Shaw, supervisor of the Special Investigations Unit of the MDNR Law Enforcement Division.


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Terry S. - posted 6 days ago on 04-16-2018 09:45:43 am

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Rumor has it, Dr. Kroll to speak for Michigan DNR about Chronic Wasting Disease CWD TSE Prion, God Help Michigan


with sad regards, terry

William T. - posted 2 weeks ago on 04-03-2018 12:44:18 pm
San Marcos, Texas

Typical deer farmers. I've dealt with too many in Texas... All scumbags...

Terry S. - posted 2 weeks ago on 04-02-2018 01:01:07 pm

Robert D. and Matthew S. i could not agree more with you...

Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary Submission March 30, 2018

Greetings APHIS, USDA, Dr. Tracy Nichols, et al,

I wish to kindly submit my comments on the Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards please. i have submitted online and sent a hard copy to Dr. Nichols via email. i know that my concern may not be the same concern as others, but ramifications from cwd tse prion can be long lasting, and science is still emerging. however, the science today warrants immediate and further actions be taken. my comments, with reference materials, are as follows, and will be formatted in such a way, i will address issues by numbers 1-10, and under each one of my comments by each number, i will reference my comments with science to back up what i am stating/asking...thank you kindly, terry

1. I believe that immediately, there should be a 'DECLARATION OF EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY FOR FOREIGN ANIMAL DISEASE OF THE United States of America USA' due to Chronic Wasting Disease CWD Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy TSE Prion disease. All Intercontinental, International, Interstate movements of cervid should be banned immediately from the USA, and documented CWD TSE Prion Countries. ...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

2. Voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program should be made MANDATORY immediately, OR NO PERMIT TO FARM DEER OR ELK, PERIOD! you don't want to join, then fine, you don't farm cervid and or any product there from...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

3. INDEMNITY, NO MORE Federal indemnity program, or what i call, ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM for game farm industry. NO MORE BAIL OUTS FROM TAX PAYERS. if the captive industry can't buy insurance to protect not only themselves, but also their customers, and especially the STATE, from Chronic Wasting Disease CWD TSE Prion or what some call mad deer disease and harm therefrom, IF they can't afford to buy that insurance that will cover all of it, then they DO NOT GET A PERMIT to have a game farm for anything. This CWD TSE Prion can/could/has caused property values to fall from some reports in some places. roll the dice, how much is a state willing to lose?...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

4. QUARANTINE OF ALL CAPTIVE, BREEDERS, URINE, ANTLER, VELVET, SPERM, OR ANY FACILITY that has been confirmed to have Chronic Wasting Disease CWD TSE Prion, the QUARANTINE should be for 21 years due to science showing what scrapie can do. 5 years is NOT enough. see; Infectious agent of sheep scrapie may persist in the environment for at least 16 years...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

5. DESCRIBING APHIS' intent to amend the regulations to define susceptible species based on scientific evidence of natural infection or experimental infections through natural routes and adding the genera Rangifer and Muntiacus to the list of susceptible species...

WELL, THAT WOULD BE A START, especially with Norway CWD and Reindeer there naturally in the field, and muntiacus reefesi in the lab, ORALLY, BUT, WHAT ABOUT HUMANS AND PIGS ??? cwd transmits to the macaque in the lab, orally, by muscle meat, infected with cwd, and CWD HAS TRANSMITTED TO PIGS, orally, in the lab. so, do we continue to roll the dice there with human life? if so, why? and what about feed? pigs are still allowed in the feed, along with cwd risk deer. absolutely crazy imo. let's see what DEFRA/MAFF have to say about this...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

6. Providing support for implementing antemortem immunohistochemistry testing of rectal anal mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (RAMALT) and medial retropharyngeal lymph node (MRPLN) biopsies conducted as a whole-herd test concurrently with genotyping at Prion Protein Gene (PRNP) codon 96 in white-tailed deer in traceback, traceforward, and CWD-exposed herds and for disease management in CWD-positive herds. AND, Providing support for initiating pilot projects using RAMALT and MRPLN biopsies conducted concurrently with genotyping at PRNP codon 132 in elk in traceback, traceforward, and CWD-exposed herds and for disease management in CWD-positive herds to inform decisions about testing protocols...

***>We hypothesized that the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) assay, a developing amplification assay, would offer greater detection capabilities over immunohistochemistry (IHC) in the identification of infected animals using recto-anal mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (RAMALT).

***> Successful transmission of an emergent strain of CWD prion, H95+, into mice resulted in infection. Thus, emergent CWD prion strains may have higher zoonotic potential than common strains.

***> to date, there is no cervid that has been documented to be totally resistant to cwd tse prion.

***at present, no cervid PrP allele conferring absolute resistance to prion infection has been identified.

***> we found that the retropharyngeal lymph nodes of red deer, white-tailed deer and elk contained similar prion titres to brain from the same individuals...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

7. UPDATING and streamlining Appendix IV: Guidelines for ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION...

the tse prion aka mad cow type disease is not your normal pathogen.

The TSE prion disease survives ashing to 600 degrees celsius, that’s around 1112 degrees farenheit.

you cannot cook the TSE prion disease out of meat.

you can take the ash and mix it with saline and inject that ash into a mouse, and the mouse will go down with TSE.

Prion Infected Meat-and-Bone Meal Is Still Infectious after Biodiesel Production as well.

the TSE prion agent also survives Simulated Wastewater Treatment Processes.

IN fact, you should also know that the TSE Prion agent will survive in the environment for years, if not decades.

you can bury it and it will not go away.

The TSE agent is capable of infected your water table i.e. Detection of protease-resistant cervid prion protein in water from a CWD-endemic area.

it’s not your ordinary pathogen you can just cook it out and be done with.

that’s what’s so worrisome about Iatrogenic mode of transmission, a simple autoclave will not kill this TSE prion agent...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

8. Clarifying the consequences of poor quality and missing post-mortem surveillance samples on herd status, as well as describing options States may consider as substitutions for these samples. Making the Program Standards language consistent with that of the regulations by requiring CWD testing of all mortalities from certified herds, including at slaughter and on hunt facilities when animals remain under the same ownership. Streamlining the description of fencing characteristics considered necessary to prevent ingress and egress of cervids for HCP-enrolled herds. Eliminating Appendix II: Fencing Requirements and References, and making these scientific references available upon request...

GAME FARM INDUSTRY MUST BE MADE TO COMPLY WITH ALL REGULATIONS, IF FENCING IS NOT MAINTAINED, FIRST OFFENCE should be call to revoke permit for game farming, as with 1st escapee, FIRST OFFENCE should be call to revoke permit for game farming...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

9. Consolidating the discussion of carcass disposal options in the main body of the Program Standards and deleting Appendix V: Carcass Disposal.

YOU better work to solve this carcass disposal options, or once again, you risk spreading this cwd tse prion. incineration is the best option imo...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.


''In particular the US data do not clearly exclude the possibility of human (sporadic or familial) TSE development due to consumption of venison. The Working Group thus recognizes a potential risk to consumers if a TSE would be present in European cervids.''

Scientific opinion on chronic wasting disease (II)

EFSA Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) Antonia Ricci Ana Allende Declan Bolton Marianne Chemaly Robert Davies Pablo Salvador Fernández Escámez ... See all authors

First published: 17 January 2018 ;

also, see; 8. Even though human TSE‐exposure risk through consumption of game from European cervids can be assumed to be minor, if at all existing, no final conclusion can be drawn due to the overall lack of scientific data. In particular the US data do not clearly exclude the possibility of human (sporadic or familial) TSE development due to consumption of venison. The Working Group thus recognizes a potential risk to consumers if a TSE would be present in European cervids. It might be prudent considering appropriate measures to reduce such a risk, e.g. excluding tissues such as CNS and lymphoid tissues from the human food chain, which would greatly reduce any potential risk for consumers. However, it is stressed that currently, no data regarding a risk of TSE infections from cervid products are available.


The tissue distribution of infectivity in CWD‐infected cervids is now known to extend beyond CNS and lymphoid tissues. While the removal of these specific tissues from the food chain would reduce human dietary exposure to infectivity, exclusion from the food chain of the whole carcass of any infected animal would be required to eliminate human dietary exposure.

zoonosis zoonotic cervid tse prion cwd to humans, preparing for the storm

***An alternative to modeling the species barrier is the cell-free conversion assay which points to CWD as the animal prion disease with the greatest zoonotic potential, after (and very much less than) BSE.116***

***> However, to date, no CWD infections have been reported in people.

key word here is 'reported'. science has shown that CWD in humans will look like sporadic CJD. SO, how can one assume that CWD has not already transmitted to humans? they can't, and it's as simple as that. from all recorded science to date, CWD has already transmitted to humans, and it's being misdiagnosed as sporadic CJD. ...terry


*** These results would seem to suggest that CWD does indeed have zoonotic potential, at least as judged by the compatibility of CWD prions and their human PrPC target. Furthermore, extrapolation from this simple in vitro assay suggests that if zoonotic CWD occurred, it would most likely effect those of the PRNP codon 129-MM genotype and that the PrPres type would be similar to that found in the most common subtype of sCJD (MM1).***

snip...see full text of all zoonosis zoonotic transmission studies and most recent science on potential cwd tse prion transmission to humans, if it has not happened already, see...snip...see full text Singeltary Submission for references.

PLEASE SEE Singeltary full text file DOWNLOAD ON GOVERNMENT SITE, OR GO TO THIS URL LINK FOR FULL TEXT OF SINGELTARY SUBMISSION TO Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary Submission March 30, 2018, PLEASE SEE;

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary Submission March 30, 2018

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

Michigan Mecosta County man sentenced following DNR investigation Game ranch owner falsified information related to chronic wasting disease testing

MONDAY, APRIL 02, 2018

Canada Liberal MLA David Swann quoted, This provincial government is negligent, spread of CWD reminiscent of the onset of Canada’s mad cow disease crisis

with sad regards, terry

Robert D. - posted 2 weeks ago on 04-02-2018 12:02:24 pm
Las Vegas, NV

$775 and 80hrs community service... you'd get more for a joint in the ashtray... Seems more than a bit light for the crime.

Matthew S. - posted 2 weeks ago on 04-02-2018 11:47:23 am

80 hours of community service and $775 in fines!!!??? That's it!? He should also have to pay back to the MDNR all of the costs associated with the investigation. This guy knowingly put wild deer populations at risk and tried to cover it up all for personal profit .... I just can't grasp the fact that he only received 80 hours of community service and $775 in fines. That sounds like a punishment a college student gets for under age drinking.