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Pa. Game Commission launches $10 million partnership to fight CWD, other wildlife dis

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2019/...m0Rl1VHCP8p2Ng

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has detailed a five-year partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to address some of the worst wildlife diseases in the state.

The partnership, called the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program, is a science-based, wildlife health initiative that will increase disease surveillance, management and research to better protect wildlife. The program will address the likes of Chronic Wasting Disease, White-nose syndrome and the West Nile virus.

White-nose syndrome is a condition named after the distinct fungus that grows around the muzzles and wings of hibernating bats.

More: It's a scary situation for these 3 endangered bat species in Pennsylvania

“We’re global now. New diseases are going to come and go. We’d much rather be at the front of that than having to deal with the consequences after the fact,” Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said. “This program will help tremendously because of the laser focus that is put just on those diseases.”

The Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program is aiming to streamline the Chronic Wasting Disease testing process for hunters. The turnaround time for a test result will be 7 to 10 days, rather than weeks or sometimes months. Hunters will also be able to track test results online.

More: Chronic Wasting Disease management areas expanded by over 2,000 square miles in Pa.

“A benefit of this is that we don’t tell the University of Pennsylvania what to say. They’re researchers and they develop their own message,” Burhans said. “Some hunters don’t always want to believe the Game Commission because we don’t always have great news to share. We’re using a credible source and that's important because there is so much misinformation out there about CWD."

The program will dedicate 12 employees, one of them working full-time out of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg office to address wildlife diseases. This will provide more thorough disease documentation while allowing agency biologists to divert their attention from disease issues back to managing wildlife populations.
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Glad to hear they are trying to keep ahead of this. Especially that they are streamlining the CWD testing for hunters. I hope PA is the state that finds a cure for these diseases.
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Glad to hear they are trying to keep ahead of this. Especially that they are streamlining the CWD testing for hunters. I hope PA is the state that finds a cure for these diseases.
I just hope somebody finds a cure, regardless of who it is or who get's the credit.
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I just hope somebody finds a cure, regardless of who it is or who get's the credit.
I agree. I just meant that the other states, where CWD is present, have been unsuccessful in finding a cure so I hope PA can get a handle on it.
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I just hope somebody finds a cure, regardless of who it is or who get's the credit.
How would they administer a cure to a wild population of deer?A cure would help deer farmers but it wouldn't do squat for a wild population.
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Gotta admire the PGC for undertaking this venture. Sitting on your hands won’t ever get anyone anywhere. Don’t see a lot of other agencies putting their dollars into the problem solving business.
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Gotta admire the PGC for undertaking this venture. Sitting on your hands won’t ever get anyone anywhere. Don’t see a lot of other agencies putting their dollars into the problem solving business.
I my eyes it's their responsibility, what's to admire. For one the USP has and is raising funds for research.

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Should include an international grant writer.
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It's good......very good to see the Game Commission spend .....what was that called??.....Oh "excessive.....un-accounted for.....bla, bla, bla" on such a program.

Me thinks the PGC had plans such as this in the making when De-squrits-all issued his "report." You don't just make up such a program in a few months.

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I my eyes it's their responsibility, what's to admire. For one the USP has and is raising funds for research.
Not in my eyes it isn't. It should be the Department of Agricultures responsibility. The deer farms are where most if not all CWD originated in Pennsylvania, and seeing how the DOA controls those farms it's their problem.
I sure hope that all the venison that is sold to the high priced restaurants is checked for possible CWD when slaughtered , but I doubt it.

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