CWD News

Deer Hunters: Stop the CWD Hysteria - Please

Can someone tell me why this "recent" hysteria over chronic wasting disease has been circling over us like a perpetual storm cloud? Enough already. These fears are ridiculous. Read one of the many repurposed news briefs out there and you'd think that we're all going to fall over and die if we get our hands on a CWD-infected deer. We're not. And I'm not the only one who believes that.

CWD Discovered On Three Lakes Deer Preserve

State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw reported this week a white-tailed deer on an Oneida County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, reported the final test results back to the state.

Texas Agencies Name Speakers for CWD Symposium

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission have announced the speakers for the upcoming CWD Symposium, scheduled for Jan. 12, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

Fourth Michigan Deer Tests Positive for CWD

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Nov. 13 said a 1 1/2 year old buck suspected of carrying chronic wasting disease was killed in DeWitt Township. Now, tests confirm the suspicion.

Schafer: Much Ado About CWD

Over the years, we’ve all seen the headlines and heard the rhetoric that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) will wipeout entire statewide populations of whitetail deer. We’ve seen wildlife professionals resort to scare tactics and innuendo to close down wildlife commerce, introduce oppressive legislation, and shut off new hunting opportunities.

Less Discussion About CWD in Wisconsin

There has been less discussion in recent years about chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin’s wild and deer farm herds the last few years, but that doesn’t mean the disease has gone away.

State Kills 228 Deer at Game Farm After CWD Found

State and federal agents on Wednesday finished killing 228 captive white-tailed deer at an Eau Claire County farm where at least 26 deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The depopulation was performed by veterinarians and animal health technicians from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and U.S. Department of Agriculture-APHIS.

Chronic Wasting Disease Vaccine Fails Elk Test

The state wildlife veterinarian told Wyoming Game and Fish commissioners that a vaccine to fight Chronic Wasting Disease appears to have failed in a test among live elk.

Two Additional CWD Positive Results Connected to Medina County Facility

Members of the Texas Deer Association has once again demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to promoting the health and welfare of Texas herds... both wild and captive. Recently, members of the TDA funded and carried out an unprecedented series of live animal CWD tests on a high risk herd in Lavaca County.

Texas Passes Interim CWD Response Rules

Last week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously passed the Interim Chronic Wasting Disease Response Rules. The Texas Deer Association fought against adoption of the rules, but TDA was successful in securing a timeline and sunset date to revisit and possibly rewrite the rules. These sunset for the rules will be Aug. 31, 2016.

Wyoming Finds CWD In New Elk Hunt Area

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance program has found the disease in a new elk hunt area. CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose.

Texas Details Plans For Collecting CWD Samples

Texas hunters wishing to assist with the statewide chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring effort this fall can do so by voluntarily taking their harvested deer (or the head of the harvested deer) to a location where Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologists will be collecting tissue samples for testing.

Ohio Wildlife Council Passes Rule to Help Monitor CWD

The Ohio Wildlife Council passed a rule change that will allow the creation of disease surveillance areas to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Mitchell: We Should Thank Deer Breeders

Years ago, it seemed that deer lived forever. Not true—seeing all the research and studies that were being conducted but we never knew about.

Growing up in a rural setting as most people did here in Chilton County in the 1960s and 70s, we saw things live and die. We could never understand sometimes why things died.

Michigan Senate Approves Jones Bill to Fight CWD

Sen. Rick Jones’ bill that would allow state officials to take steps to address the ongoing problem of Chronic Wasting Disease was approved unanimously on Thursday by the Michigan Senate.

Remaining 177 Deer in Medina County Ranch Euthanized

A lawsuit filed Thursday inflamed the ongoing war of words between captive deer breeders and hunters groups worried about chronic wasting disease spreading from breeding facilities to wild herds.

Prion Disease Detected Soon After Infection and in Surprising Place

Prion diseases--incurable, ultimately fatal, transmissible neurodegenerative disorders of mammals--are believed to develop undetected in the brain over several years from infectious prion protein. In a new study, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report they can detect infectious prion protein in mouse brains within a week of inoculation.

CWD Confirmed in Lavaca County Captive Whitetail Deer; Linked to Index Herd

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announced that a captive white-­tailed deer in a Lavaca County deer breeding facility has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease(CWD).

Texas Confirms Another Case of CWD

The Texas Animal Health Commission and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have confirmed that another whitetail deer, located in the 'index herd facility' in Medina County, has tested positive for CWD.

Dueling Over Disease: The CWD Debate

Dr. James Kroll explains Chronic Wasting Disease in whitetails in this Dr. Deer segment from NAW TV. VIDEO LINK:

Bile Acids Could Be Used to Treat CWD

Bile acids could help slow the progression of a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease, research from the University of Alberta has found.

Prion disease occurs when a protein changes into an odd shape and causes normal proteins in its path to do the same. For reasons scientists don’t quite understand, brain cells then start dying.

Michigan Shifts Its CWD Investigation

State wildlife officials are shifting their investigation into Chronic Wasting Disease in deer in mid-Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources has examined the brains of roughly 600 deer since the first case of CWD was confirmed in Ingham County in May. In all, three have tested positive for the fatal neurological disease.

Lane Laning: CWD in Deer Can Be Managed

With chronic wasting disease popping up in deer and elk in a number of states across the country, including this year in Michigan, the debate is often driven by finger-pointing and scary predictions. But an even-keeled analysis of the facts behind CWD and its spread reveal that this is a problem that can be managed.

NADeFA Assists in Developing Texas CWD Strategy

The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), the nation’s leading voice for the cervid industry, has been working closely with regional associations and state agencies to develop a responsible strategy that facilitates and reestablishes normal commerce after the state’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) within a deer breeding facility.

Dr. Stewart: Current Awareness of the Transmission of Prion Infection Through Semen and Embryos

Much rumor and innuendo are circling about the recent Chronic Wasting Disease(CWD) positives on a ranch in Mountain Home Texas.

Michigan DNR Confirms Third Case of CWD

Michigan’s third case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a free-ranging white-tailed deer has been confirmed. On August 6, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that a third free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for CWD.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose.

TEXAS: Two More Test Postiive for CWD

State officials said Saturday that two additional deer from a captive herd in Medina County tested positive for a contagious, degenerative neurological disease, a discovery that could lead to the annihilation of an entire herd of deer.

Rancher Issues Update on Effects of CWD

SAN ANTONIO - A local rancher has issued an update on the effects that a recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease (CWD) could have on the state's deer-hunting industry.

Texas Mountain Ranch owner Robert Patterson said he's lost 37 deer in the past three days, valued at more than a quarter-million dollars.

Texas Culls 35 Deer from Area Ranch to Test for CWD

The state of Texas euthanized 34 deer Tuesday at a breeding ranch in Medina County where a buck had been found with chronic wasting disease last month.

"It's heart-wrenching. It's devastating," Bob Patterson, owner of Texas Mountain Ranch, said of losing the white-tails that he valued collectively at $280,000. "It's tough all the way around."

Ten Kansas Deer Test Positive for CWD in 2014-2015

A total of 640 deer were tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2014-2015 seasons, and 10 of those were confirmed positive.

Dr. Kroll: The Sky is Not Falling!

In 2011, Texas experienced its worst drought in 1,000 years; without a doubt the most economically devastating disaster in our history. Economic losses to Texas agriculture were estimated to be in excess of $8 billion. The wild fires (over 31,00) that followed destroyed some 4 million acres of ranch and timber land, 3,000 homes and almost 3,000 structures.

The Facts About CWD in Texas

The recent news surrounding one deer in one breeder facility in Texas has prompted a great deal of concern with our industry. As a result of a positive CWD test on a whitetail buck in a Medina County deer breeding facility, Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) has halted ALL transfers and liberations within the state.

Texas Developing CWD Plan

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have diligently been working to address the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), with all decisions being contemplated in the context of the three goals established within the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan developed by both agencies.

Deer Urine Lure Bans Based on Propaganda, Not Science

When government regulations go so far beyond rational disease prevention and animal husbandry practices that they actually work to eliminate an industry, the regulations are most often based on propaganda and not science. Such is the case with the recent regulatory inquisition over deer scent products which incorporate deer urine.

Battling CWD Effectively

A recent Food Safety News piece examining chronic wasting disease (CWD) brought up the question about how to manage the disease. As noted, CWD has never infected humans. The difficulty with CWD, however, is the fear that it could harm free-ranging deer and elk populations combined with the fact that there is no live-animal test for the disease, making it hard to track.

Ohio Kills 510 Deer for Disease Concerns

The Ohio Department of Agriculture euthanized more than 500 deer in the past month because of concerns over the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Far West Texas

AUSTIN — Samples from two mule deer recently taken in far West Texas have been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). These are the first cases of CWD detected in Texas deer. Wildlife officials believe the event is currently isolated in a remote part of the state near the New Mexico border.

Study Shows Predators, Not Deer, May Be Spreading CWD & Lyme Disease

By Amanda Alvarez, of the Journal Sentinel

Increases in the deer population have been blamed for the explosion of Lyme disease cases in recent years, but changes in the numbers of foxes and coyotes - and what they eat - may actually be responsible, according to a study published Monday.