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38 deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on deer farms in Fulton and

Thirty-six captive deer from a quarantined breeding farm and hunting preserve in Fulton County have tested positive for CWD.

Two additional deer from a quarantined Bedford County hunting preserve also tested positive.

The 36 white-tailed deer were from a herd euthanized on September 24, 2018, after the Fulton County farm applied for and received federal indemnity for their losses. None of the deer tested showed signs of CWD prior to their deaths.

The departmentís Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg tested the deer, as required by the departmentís CWD program. Positive test results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

Both farms will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive tests were confirmed.

CWD attacks the brain of infected deer, elk, and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces, and urine from an infected animal or contaminated environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.

Clinical signs include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling, and depression. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal, and there is no known treatment or vaccine.

The infectious agent, known as a prion, tends to concentrate in the brain, spinal column, eyes, spleen, and lymph nodes. To prevent disease spread, these high-risk parts must be properly handled and disposed of where the animal is killed. Parts such as deboned meat, clean skull caps and capes present little risk and may be taken home.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for the disease for 896 breeding farms, hobby farms, and hunting preserves across the state. Since 1998, accredited veterinarians and certified CWD technicians have tested more than 35,000 captive deer in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer, elk, and wild deer that appear sick or behave abnormally.


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It is past time to shut these operations down and kill all the deer in them and burn them in a it with napalm.

When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
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The genie is out of the bottle. CWD is here to stay. Shutting the operations down might slow it a bit, but it is inevitable now.
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The genie is out of the bottle. CWD is here to stay. Shutting the operations down might slow it a bit, but it is inevitable now.
I agree. No stopping it now. It's like the stilt grass behind my house. I burn it, pull it and poison it but it always comes back.

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its here to stay but we can slow it down or contain it. these farms have been proven to be a major source of CWD and one of the main reasons it is spreading. shut them down.


heck, they closed commercial fishing in PA they can close the deer farms. if they dont want to close them, force them to double fence as a barrier to the wild deer and any deer taken there has to be processed there. treat all deer farms as a CWD area. no transfer of deer to other regions.
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It is past time to shut these operations down and kill all the deer in them and burn them in a it with napalm.

Here's some clips from an article Jan2018. FYI Everyone knows where it started here in PA, Robert Koontz won't admit it.

“It’s an alarming rate as far as the state deer herd,” said Robert Koontz of Whitetail Refuge LLC in Guilford Township. “It’s not the deer farms that have the problem. It’s the Game Commission and the state of Pennsylvania."
His deer farm is under quarantine after four captive deer there tested positive for CWD. Deer farmers are required to test all animals that die.

Koontz said he suspects that the game commission’s action in Guilford Township is a ploy to show hunters that the commission is trying to do something about CWD.
"People tried to fix it for years. It has to run its course," Koontz said. "I’ll tell you what CWD stands for: Commission Wasting Dollars."

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What an A-hole and fool. These are the people the dept of ag is covering for. I don't trust them even if they can be seen.

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A five year quarantine? What can that even accomplish? The prions remain for decades.
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torch the soil, plow it and torch it again and again. might not help but worth a try.

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The time for shutting down deer farms was probably fifteen or twenty years ago. If not closed, then no transfer of deer alive or dead from any deer farm. We have a bigger problem now and that is wild free ranging deer, that travel where they please, and have CWD. The time for slowing it down has passed, hopefully states that do not have it, and do not have it on their door step, will ban the deer farms, or at least deer movement from farm to farm. With out deer farms it would have taken a while to cross the Mississippi river, but it did, and it was in the back of a trailor hauling deer.
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