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Cwd - it's time to halt all transportation of live deer and elk

The Boone and Crockett Club today announced that it has released a new position statement on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The position affirms the best way to prevent CWD introduction and establishment is to prohibit all human-assisted live cervid movements.

"The Club has been closely involved with ongoing research about CWD," said Dr. Josh Millspaugh, Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana. "With what we know today about how this deadly disease is transmitted and the potential for introduction to new areas, we urge states to adopt the conclusions, recommendations and Best Management Practices of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)."

Most deer and elk are transported for the purpose of establishing or re-stocking commercial shooting preserves and game farms. State wildlife officials also transport live animals to replenish areas with reduced populations or establish new populations. Sometimes these transports are done in cooperation with local and national conservation organizations. All transportation of live cervid movements are covered by AFWA's recommendations.

CWD is now found in 25 states, three Canadian provinces, Norway, and South Korea. CWD is not caused by a virus or bacteria that can be treated and cured. It is a protein that is picked up through contact with infected animals or their surroundings. CWD is always fatal. It attacks an animal's nervous system, taking as long as two years before the animal begins to show outward signs of the disease. Currently there is no vaccine or practical way to test live animals for the disease.

"Without a practical and reliable test to determine if live animals have CWD, this is an action that should be taken," explained Millspaugh. "Unknowingly transporting infected animals leads to accelerating the unnatural spread of this disease. We applaud the several states that have already adopted this policy and we're encouraging others to do the same."

The Club's new position statement can be read at this link:
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE AND THE TRANSPORTATION OF LIVE CERVIDS

https://www.boone-crockett.org/about...5080&se=1&te=1



BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB POSITION STATEMENT
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE AND THE TRANSPORTATION OF LIVE CERVIDS
Effective Date: December 7, 2018
Situational Overview

The Boone and Crockett Club, the nation’s oldest hunter-conservationist organization, previously released a position statement regarding its concerns with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Club maintains that CWD poses a significant wildlife health problem that will prevent many populations of wild deer, elk and other cervids from thriving in the long-term. One particular aspect of the disease merits a further statement by the Club, which is how to address human-assisted transportation of live cervids that is now regarded as the greatest risk for CWD introduction.

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The Boone and Crockett Club supports the conclusions and recommendations of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Resolution #2018-02-07 and an associated document outlining Best Management Practices for Prevention, Surveillance, and Management of Chronic Wasting Disease (BMP). The Club joins AFWA in concluding the most effective way to prevent CWD introduction and establishment is to prohibit all human-assisted live cervid movements.

The Boone and Crockett Club encourages states to adopt AFWA’s Resolution in a manner that is appropriate for their own jurisdictions, and to support the Fish and Wildlife Health Committee in developing further science-based recommendations regarding the implementation of the practices described in the BMP document.

Link to AFWA Resolution #2018-02-07: https://www.fishwildlife.org/applica...2018-02-07.pdf

Link to AFWA Best Management Practices for Prevention, Surveillance, and Management of Chronic Wasting Disease approved September 12, 2018: https://www.fishwildlife.org/applica...2018_FINAL.pdf

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AND, eliminate penned deer/high fence operations for ANY game animal native to the U.S.
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Did you ever notice that anytime there is an outbreak of CWD someplace, it is inevitably in or near a captive deer farm? Yet, nobody will say where CWD originated. Wonder why that is?
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Thanks Casey. I believe there were a great many of us that talked about how it wouldn't walk into the state but would ride in on a truck or trailer when the PGC lost control of farmed deer.
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The Boone and Crockett Club today announced that it has released a new position statement on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The position affirms the best way to prevent CWD introduction and establishment is to prohibit all human-assisted live cervid movements.

Baloney, what bite does a BCC "position statement have"?? After all these years with CWD spread everywhere, they make this statement? What took so long BCC? IMO, all bark and no bite...none. When all states law makers implement these restrictions and make it LAW, then I'll crack the seal on a good Cognac. For now I'll ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zz. Show me the beef.

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but wait...they are developing a vaccine, a cure for CWD, all will be fine.....they just have to capture, every deer and inoculate them , then they have to inoculate every new born, every year....things will be great.


maybe the CWD vaccine will cause mutations and we can get game farm size antlers in the wild herd.



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Last week Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota gave a talk to Kansas State lawmakers about the likelihood of CWD transferring to humans through eating venison. You might be interested in reading his thoughts and predictions on the subject.
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a lot of thoughts and predictions on CWD. even the CDC says not to eat contaminated deer. will it transfer to humans????


lets hope not as it is now found in plants that means "Crops", that means supermarkets, that means in OUR food chain and not just in venison.
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