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Don't know if this was posted elsewhere yet, but there is a press release on the PGC website that 12 more cases of CWD were found in PA in 2015 from the deer that were tested.

Couldn't get the link to post here. Not good.
 

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Unfortunately CWD is here to stay. I'm more worried about it affecting the elk herd. Rumor has it that the Game Commission plans on eradicating the elk herd from Pennsylvania if they do become infected with CWD.
 

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trapperrick said:
Unfortunately CWD is here to stay. I'm more worried about it affecting the elk herd. Rumor has it that the Game Commission plans on eradicating the elk herd from Pennsylvania if they do become infected with CWD.
I have a hard time believing that. It may change or even eliminate the hunt, but eradication? Not sure what that would accomplish?
 

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eyefromthesky said:
trapperrick said:
Unfortunately CWD is here to stay. I'm more worried about it affecting the elk herd. Rumor has it that the Game Commission plans on eradicating the elk herd from Pennsylvania if they do become infected with CWD.
I have a hard time believing that. It may change or even eliminate the hunt, but eradication? Not sure what that would accomplish?
I remembered where I saw this, it was in PA Outdoor News about 3 or 4 issues ago, an interview with a board member.

Like you said, I would have a hard time believing the PGC would wipe out the elk herd since that is now their "cash cow".....pun intended.

They've been dealing with this out west for decades. It's just something we'll have to live with just like we deal with rabies in raccoons, skunks and bats which was unheard of 40 years ago.
 

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Are you trying to say rabies in raccoons, skunks and bats was unheard of 40 years ago? You would be wrong.
However I agree we will have to get use to it and adapt. Waugh!
 

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Thanks for the link. I find it hard to believe it hasn't been discussed. lol I don't know how they think they're going to eliminate it? It has been proven that line of thinking doesn't work.
 

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Thanks for the link. I find it hard to believe it hasn't been discussed. lol I don't know how they think they're going to eliminate it? It has been proven that line of thinking doesn't work.
The thinking seems to be that even though implementing certain policies hasn't worked elsewhere, let's do it here anyway and hope for a different outcome.
 

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dpms said:
eyefromthesky said:
Thanks for the link. I find it hard to believe it hasn't been discussed. lol I don't know how they think they're going to eliminate it? It has been proven that line of thinking doesn't work.


The thinking seems to be that even though implementing certain policies hasn't worked elsewhere, let's do it here anyway and hope for a different outcome.
So, what big plans/policies would you implement to fix it?
 

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If I recall correctly the majority of this started from deer with the deer farms. Lets get rid of the deer farms.

I could be wrong, but I think they are totally ridiculous, maybe thats because I see it as a big waste of money to pay for a big buck that was grown then put in a fence to hunt.
 

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If I recall correctly the majority of this started from deer with the deer farms. Lets get rid of the deer farms.

I could be wrong, but I think they are totally ridiculous, maybe thats because I see it as a big waste of money to pay for a big buck that was grown then put in a fence to hunt.
Couldn't agree more but now you're going to get called an anti-hunter.
 

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dpms said:
eyefromthesky said:
Thanks for the link. I find it hard to believe it hasn't been discussed. lol I don't know how they think they're going to eliminate it? It has been proven that line of thinking doesn't work.
The thinking seems to be that even though implementing certain policies hasn't worked elsewhere, let's do it here anyway and hope for a different outcome.
I don't believe that there is a one size fits all game management plan for every state. Especially if you are comparing the Western states to the East.
 

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So, what big plans/policies would you implement to fix it?
Continue with some of what is already being done, remove some of what is already being done, and add more of what is not being done.

I think I covered it for ya. Since you and I have a difficult time discussing issues, I will leave it at that.
 

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cspot said:
http://blog.triblive.com/wild-outdoors/2016/03/14/cwd-and-pa-elk-would-be-bad-combination/

Can't paste it but here is the link to what Trapperick is talking about I think.
I knew I saw that in the PA Outdoor News. I didn't realize it was listed in Triblive also.

Wiping out the elk herd will be easy, after all, our ancestors wiped out the eastern elk across the entire state. But, they will have to follow through by decreasing the deer herd significantly. These days, that would be near impossible considering a huge portion of PA's deer herd resides on private posted property and suburban areas that cannot be accessed by hunters.
 
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