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It was just a matter of time!!

Shut the stinking disease vectors down now!


CWD Disease Management Area To Expand Into Elk Range

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Category: Pennsylvania Wildlife
Diseased animal detected at captive deer farm in Clearfield County will require DMA 3 expansion.
A captive deer that has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) will require Disease Management Area 3 (DMA 3) to expand into
Pennsylvania’s elk range.
The exact adjusted boundary of DMA 3 and all other DMAs that could expand due to newly detected CWD-positive deer will be announced in coming weeks, after all samples collected from 2018 hunter-harvested deer are tested. About 3,000 of 6,309 samples from hunter-harvested deer remain to be tested.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture last week announced a buck on a hunting preserve near Curwensville in Clearfield County tested positive for CWD.
The CWD-positive buck had been brought to the Clearfield County hunting preserve from a Fulton County captive-deer facility, where it was born and raised. The state Department of Agriculture placed the Clearfield County hunting preserve and the Fulton County captive-deer facility under quarantine and they are to remain under quarantine for five years.


While the new DMA 3 boundary will be announced after all sampling of hunter-harvested deer is final, the CWD-positive captive deer would expand DMA 3 to the northeast, where it would encompass at least some Elk Hunt Zones, said Game Commission Wildlife Management Director Matthew Schnupp.
Within DMAs, specific regulations apply to help prevent the spread of CWD. The intentional feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the field possession by hunters of urine-based deer attractants. Hunters harvesting deer and – in the case of an expanded DMA 3 – elk within DMAs are prohibited from exporting the entire carcasses or high-risk parts from those animals outside the DMA.
High-risk parts where the CWD prion (causative agent) concentrates are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes, and lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone (vertebra); spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.
Hunters within DMAs can help prevent the spread of CWD by limiting the movement of high-risk parts and properly disposing of high-risk parts in lined-landfills or in Game Commission provided dumpsters.
Currently, state Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for 874 captive cervid facilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1998, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has tested over 39,000 captive deer, of those, 96 have tested positive. For more information on the mandatory surveillance program or CWD in captive facilities, please visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

CWD in Pennsylvania
CWD was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2012, in a captive cervid facility in Adams County. Shortly after, three wild positive deer were detected in Bedford and Blair counties. In response to these positives, DMAs 1 and 2 were established. DMA 1 was dissolved in 2017, after no CWD positives were detected for 5 consecutive years. DMA 2 has since expanded covering parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Perry, and Somerset counties.
DMA 3 was established in 2014, after CWD was detected in a captive cervid facility in Jefferson County. In 2017, DMA 3 expanded when three wild CWD positives were detected in Jefferson and Clearfield counties.
DMA 4 was established in 2018, after a CWD was detected in a captive cervid facility in Lancaster County. DMA 4 covers parts Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon county. To date, CWD has not been detected in the wild population in DMA 4.
CWD is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk. CWD can be transmitted directly through animal-to-animal contact or indirectly through contaminated environments. Prions or misfolded proteins can be shed onto the environment through bodily fluids and once there can remain infectious for several years. Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for CWD.
For more information on CWD, please refer to the Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov.
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You're are right. Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for 874 captive cervid facilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania and they're doing a P*** poor job. When it hits the elk herd ( which it will ) the games over.
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No common sense, and they just do not care. We have watched as this disease has crept towards us and not much was done. Now its here and still it is spreading, these farms have destroyed our future deer hunting in PA.
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Now its here and still it is spreading, these farms have destroyed our future deer hunting in PA.

Exactly. And still the deer farms are in operation. And why? So somebody can shoot a captive raised buck with big antlers? I can not figure what the Dept of Agriculture is thinking.
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They are not thinking and they just don't care. It is going to take every hunter in the state to call or write their Representatives and Senators and tll them to shut the Cervid farms down ASAP. Tell your friends and relatives to contact them also. If we don't try, we aren't a whole lot better than the Dept of Ag and the idiots who gave them the oversight. We all have a stake in this.

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We all need to take a stand hunters and non hunters to get these farms shut down. We all knew at some point the elk range would be a DMA. My whole county became a DMA this year after finding 1 positive deer this past year. They also found 1 in Juniata county just recently.
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What exactly is a “Hunting Preserve”? Is it guys basically paying money to shoot a deer inside of a fenced in area?
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Deer elk and exotics. Some are hundreds of acres and as small as 30, in PA. These puke deer farmers also sell to other high fence operations in other states. We got CWD in PA because of deer farmers bringing deer into the state from across the Mississippi where they had it for years.
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This is a bit dated. However it seems even the PGC won’t stick to its guns and make the DMA the appropriate size due to possible future conflicts with its precious elk herd.

https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-...spx?newsid=312
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A lot of the blame, some would say all, goes to the Dept. of Ag., but the PGC needs to shoulder some also.
The PGC said the only way to stop, or lease slow, the spread of CWD is too heavily cull the herd. If this is so why don't they issue more tags?
Implement a special over the counter unlimited antlerless tag to be used in DMA only, within a specific WMU, they could also issue a second buck tag for those areas and eliminate antler restriction. Granted it's not a cure all, private property owner could sill post their property, but should lower the deer population on plublic land, and help stop the spread, if culling really is the only cure, I don't know.
All money generated by the sale of these tags should be earmarked for CWD research.

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