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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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CWD Testing???

What deer are the biologists testing? Are they testing road killed deer? Some, all? How about a deer reported to be running in circles and falling over and frothing at the mouth?


The reason I ask is because a guy I work with came into work this morning and told me of a deer in his yard that was showing these signs. He thought it was going to run into his truck or the side of his house. It finally collapsed and his son said it was still laying there nearly dead. He reported this to the local regional office and they told him they'd send someone out. He asked that he be notified if it tested positive for CWD and they told him it was a "crapshoot" as to whether they would test it or not. Does that sound odd considering the seriousness of this disease?

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Sounds like it may be circling disease, I have see two that had that. I had one tested at the PA dept of Ag lab in Hbg.

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I would have thought that testing a deer exhibiting any kind of behavior described as a no brainer?

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I would be surorised if it isn't tested and it was probably a dispatcher that said that if indeed it was said. What part of Berks does the guy live in?

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Northwestern Berks. That's what was said, take that to the bank.

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I never said that was not what you were told.

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I would have thought that testing a deer exhibiting any kind of behavior described as a no brainer?
Not necessarily. For example they don't test every deer that has had EHD. They will only test if "fresh" as the test isn't valid I believe after that.

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Well, this one collapsed in my buddy's yard. Pretty fresh. At least as fresh as heads from dead deer thrown in a box.
I guess my point is that I thought it was a very strange response given the seriousness of the disease.

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I read somewhere that they are very busy this time of year.
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Well, this one collapsed in my buddy's yard. Pretty fresh. At least as fresh as heads from dead deer thrown in a box.
I guess my point is that I thought it was a very strange response given the seriousness of the disease.
I suspect the decision would partly depend on if and when there is an officer available to respond to the incident. Unlike police departments, who have officers on duty 24/7 that just isn't the case with Game Wardens. If they are going to call a Game Warden out after their eight hour shift or on a day off they have to pay them time and half or perhaps even more depending on the day and previous scheduling issues.


Since the State Legislature has failed to adequately fund the Game Commission the agency has to be very frugal about prioritizing the callouts and what it is costing. Officers not responding to incidents has become a necessity of the agencies financial situation. Especially with all of the added costs of CWD monitoring in recent years the money just doesn't go far enough to do everything the hunters and public want to see getting done.

Perhaps if hunters would quit sitting on their hands and start demanding that the State Legislature adequately fund the agency you would see some improvement in public service. You can only get what there is money to provide.

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