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saw it as well. Below is the news release

News for Immediate Release
Nov. 7, 2012
Second Adams County Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today confirmed the
state’s second positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease on a deer farm in Adams
County. Other deer on the farm that were tested did not have the disease.
The second deer, a white-tailed buck, tested positive at 1491 New Chester Road,
New Oxford. This is the same location of the state’s first infected deer in October.
In addition to the New Oxford farm, the agriculture department quarantined 27
farms in 16 counties associated with the positive samples. Deer cannot be moved
on or off quarantined properties.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission established a disease management area
(DMA) surrounding the Adams County farm where the deer tested positive. As part
of that plan, hunters may not move high-risk deer parts out of the area, including
parts of the head and spinal column.
“Since the first positive deer was found in Pennsylvania last month, the Chronic
Wasting Disease Task Force has put in place aggressive measures to prevent
further spread of the disease,” Agriculture Secretary George Greig said. “This
positive deer was found because of those efforts, and we will continue our work to
protect the state’s captive and wild deer populations.”
The Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force meets weekly and carries out a response
plan, including education and outreach through public meetings and minimizing risk
factors through continued surveillance, testing and management. Task Force
members are from the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, Health and
Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey/Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish
and Wildlife Research Unit and Penn State University.
Hunters who harvest a deer within the DMA during the two-week firearms deer
season (Nov. 26-Dec. 8) are required to bring their deer to a mandatory check
station so samples can be collected for testing.
For the convenience of hunters, all cooperating deer processors within the DMA
boundaries will be considered check stations. The Game Commission will be
gathering samples from hunter-killed deer at those processors.
A list of cooperating deer processors and taxidermists from within the area will be
announced and posted on the commission’s website.
Hunters who harvest a deer within the DMA and who process their own deer, or
who would like to take their deer to a processor or taxidermist outside of the
management area, can visit the Game Commission operated check station. It is
located at the agency’s maintenance building on State Game Land 249, 1070 Lake
Meade Road, East Berlin, Adams County. GPS coordinates for the building are -
77.07280 and 39.97018.
Game Commission check station hours during the two-week rifle deer season are
from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, but will remain open as
needed. The check station will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Deer harvested outside of the management area will not be eligible for testing at
the check station; however, hunters may get their deer tested by the Department
of Agriculture’s Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg, for a fee. Interested hunters
should call 717-787-8808.
Chronic Wasting disease attacks the brains of infected antlered animals such as
deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death.
Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from
an infected animal.
There is no evidence that humans or livestock can get the disease, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and
urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling and depression.
Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or
natural predators. The disease is fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine.
Surveillance for the disease has been ongoing in Pennsylvania since 1998. The
agriculture department coordinates a mandatory monitoring program for more than
23,000 captive deer on 1,100 breeding farms, hobby farms and shooting preserves.
The Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer and elk and
those that appear sick or behave abnormally. Since 1998, the commission has
tested more than 38,000 free-ranging deer and elk for the disease and all have
tested negative.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on the “Chronic
Wasting Disease Information” button on the homepage.
Media contacts:
Samantha Elliott Krepps, Agriculture, 717-787-5085
Jerry Feaser, PGC, 717-705-6541
 

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WOW...this really [censored].

I hope the get it under control before it spreads outside the fences.
 

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Not surprised , and i believe its not IF but WHEN it will be found in the wild herd in pa , i believe it has already been found in wild deer in several bordering states long before it was discovered in this captive herd.
 

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Once it hits the wild herd I will be done hunting deer.I just don't want to mess with it.I know some people will think i'm nuts but that is how I feel.I wll just go back to useing a camera like I did when I was younger no biggie on my part.
 

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It is amazing how everyonde is up in arms about this (and very well should be) BUT did you know that EHD has killed a lot more WILD deer then you can count.
 

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EHD is cyclic up here in the north, and doesnt occur every year. CWD will work 24/7 365.
 

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even though it kills deer, EHD is not contagious and cannot be passed from deer to deer, it is spread my biting midges when the weather conditions are right. CWD is passed from deer to deer and lives in the ground for decades and gains strength in the ground. There is no comparison and the two should not even be mentioned in the same sentence. We should all be demanding that the dept of Ag start to take this seriously and stop trying to protect the captive cervid propagators. It doesn't matter a hoot if every captive deer dies, it matters a whole lot when wild deer start dying because of this disease. These people deliberately lobbied the general assembly to take captive cervids from the PGC so they could be lackadaisical in their record keeping and movid deer around the state because they knew how lax Ag is in enforcement of regulations. Cwd occured west of the Missisippi generally in captive deer herds. It is relativily new east of the Missisippi.
 

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Don't know much about this disease as I have not started researching it yet, other than it seems like VERY BAD NEWS! does it occur naturally in the wild, or has the farming/raising of wild animals caused this disaster? if so it's not nice to fool with mother nature!!!
 

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Cwd has occurred west of the Mississippi, and generally started in captive deer, it is relatively new east of the Mississippi what is what is making the scientists and veterinarians look at bottled deer urine as a vector.
 

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Hunters who harvest a deer within the DMA and who process their own deer, or
who would like to take their deer to a processor or taxidermist outside of the
management area, can visit the Game Commission operated check station.
Anybody else see something wrong with that part of the plan?
 

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CWD is passed from deer to deer and lives in the ground for decades and gains strength in the ground.
I never seen it written where it gains strength in the ground. Can you please direct me in the right direction to read up on this. A PM will work if you don't want to post it in this thread. Thanks. Waugh!
 

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Are you part of the entitlement group that wants everyone else to provide for them, without liftin' a finger?




Google CWD. There are pages of articles, info and links to research on the subject going back many years. I recall reading in some of them that there is evidence to support the theory on CWD prions thriving in soils. Really!



That link to the CWD Alliance that I posted, might even lead to some additional info? Pretty sure it will. If not, just Google CWD Alliance.
 

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For those of you that criticized those of us who ask pointed questions regarding the offer of a reward for shooting a doe that escaped from a deer farm, read below.

Another Pennsylvania deer diagnosed with CWD
By Bob Frye, Tribune-Review – Nov. 7, 2012

A second Pennsylvania deer has been found to have had chronic wasting disease.

A buck was found on the same captive deer farm in New Oxford, Adams County, where the state’s first case of the disease was discovered. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials announced the news of that first deer Oct. 11; word of the second CWD-positive deer followed Wednesday.

Eight deer from that farm that were euthanized and tested were found to be disease free. A ninth that was meant to be tested escaped.

The number of deer farms under quarantine because they have deer connected to the New Oxford facility, has climbed again.

Three farms were put under quarantine. That grew to four, then 12, then 21. On Wednesday, 27 farms in 16 counties are under quarantine, meaning that they cannot move deer on or off their sites.

Among the sites under quarantine are Hollow Tree Whitetails in Limestone and a farm in Fairmont City, both in Clarion County; Anthony Whitetail Ranch in Grampian in Clearfield County; <span style="font-weight: bold">and Freedom Whitetails </span>and Nelson Whitetails, both in Blair County.
 

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No Denny I am not in any entitled group. Are you and John above question when you preach?

I have read quite a bit about CWD both on the net and in published journals and never once did I see where it gains strength once it leaves the body. I am also sure there is some information I have not seen. Just looking to learn if there is anything to learn.

Yes it has been proven and written that CWD can survive in the soil for quite some time. It seems clay type soils hold it the longest. It has also been found that the prions found in the soil can transfer to other deer and cause CWD in that deer. But this was injected and not injested.
You did post information on that. I have read that before and again when you posted it. Still nothing that says it gets stronger.

Just trying to see if it true or just another falsehood that will become Internet fact.

If researchers could find something that makes it stronger in the soil they would have a starting point to reverse the effect and make it weaker or ineffective.

Google is not the answer to everything. If it was we would just google CWD cure and apply it. Waugh!
 

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BTW Denny. You and John are both wrong when you say there is no live test for CWD. Just sayin. Waugh!
 

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There is no <span style="font-style: italic">reliable</span> and widely-accepted live test yet and if you've read or heard that there is, it's probably bad or incomplete info?

Some progress is being made on perfecting a reliable live (blood/urine) sort of test, but acceptance will be another matter. Same for extraction of tissue from nervous systems and/or organs like the spleen, or from lymph nodes.

Here's how this stuff works: One cannot go from posing questions one day, to posting answers the next day, based on reading some info on something as complicated as CWD.

Not all researchers agree on many important facets of the disease, especially on how it spreads; test criteria; conditions that promote prions; and many other issues.

It's been a "work in progress" for quite a few years and it continues. Thus far, most researchers agree that the only definitive test is on tissue collected from dead cervids. And even then, there are false positives and false negatives.
 
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