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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Franklin County
Re: CWD found on Ohio farm
The cronyism will stop.
Remember, the PA deer farmers took the regulatory authority to the legislators. They called the GC heavy handed and out of control.
See, the GC shows up, inspects fences, conditions, paperwork, and the other lawful aspects of keeping deer.
I assure you, if the GC would have been in regulatory control of deer farms, they would already have double fencing to prevent interaction with wild deer. Drainage and run-off issues from the pens would be addresses.
More then likely, there would be a hard interstate and in state prohibition on moving deer.
The Pennsylvania Department of Ag is a good old boys club. Though the lead in the CWD response, they are mostly absent, they are allowing wide movement of deer, they have failed to do anything to inform or keep the public up to date, and their primary intent is to the deer farmer rather than to sportsmen or the pubic at large.
Their website and press releases are nearly absent on all reported cases this year.
The GC had to expend sportsmen dollars to fence and contain the initial Adams County farm. PDA would not do it.
It is far past time to return the control and regulatory control back to the GC. The requirements for pen raised or kept deer need to increase. Our wild herd is at risk.
To be sure, unlike the President of the National Deer Farmers Association portends, the wild deer are NOT the greatest risk of continued exposure to CWD. No, that genie is out of the bag thanks to the deer farms in Pennsylvania playing fast and lose with the reg's.
Worse, due to the inability or refusal of PDA to be a regulatory authority, Pennsylvania is now an exporter of CWD to other states via the deer farms.
Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.