<span style="font-style: italic">That facility and 42 others across the state, including several in Holmes County, had been quietly quarantined in April after the state learned that 125 potentially infected deer had been transported to them from Pennsylvania.
Facilities that elected to destroy their imported animals and submit samples for testing were removed from quarantine. But 21 operations chose to not destroy their imported deer, and they must remain under quarantine for five years because of the long incubation time between exposure to the disease and development of it.
“A lot of the preserves are bringing in animals from other states, other breeding operations,” Hawkins said. “These animals came into the state before the positive test results came back from Pennsylvania.”
Apparently, the back slapping and working with a wink and a nod continues at the Penn Department of Ag.
Bad enough they allow interstate transfers of deer - but apparently they thought little of the problem and allowed exports to other states.
Far past time to return regulatory control of the PA deer farms to the GC.
Remember, the PA deer farmers took the regulatory authority to the legislators. They called the GC heavy handed and out of control.
See, the GC shows up, inspects fences, conditions, paperwork, and the other lawful aspects of keeping deer.
I assure you, if the GC would have been in regulatory control of deer farms, they would already have double fencing to prevent interaction with wild deer. Drainage and run-off issues from the pens would be addresses.
More then likely, there would be a hard interstate and in state prohibition on moving deer.
The Pennsylvania Department of Ag is a good old boys club. Though the lead in the CWD response, they are mostly absent, they are allowing wide movement of deer, they have failed to do anything to inform or keep the public up to date, and their primary intent is to the deer farmer rather than to sportsmen or the pubic at large.
Their website and press releases are nearly absent on all reported cases this year.
The GC had to expend sportsmen dollars to fence and contain the initial Adams County farm. PDA would not do it.
It is far past time to return the control and regulatory control back to the GC. The requirements for pen raised or kept deer need to increase. Our wild herd is at risk.
To be sure, unlike the President of the National Deer Farmers Association portends, the wild deer are NOT the greatest risk of continued exposure to CWD. No, that genie is out of the bag thanks to the deer farms in Pennsylvania playing fast and lose with the reg's.
Worse, due to the inability or refusal of PDA to be a regulatory authority, Pennsylvania is now an exporter of CWD to other states via the deer farms.
If the PGC is really interested in stopping the spread of CWD then why are they not putting out disposal containers for the deer that are killed in the DMA rather then just let people discard them were ever. This time they seem laxed on their concern for the possible contaminated deer parts.
When the PGC had control of the deer farmers WHY didn't they make it mandatory then to have double fencing?
They tried...that was when the deer farmers cried to the legislature and got the authority taken away and changed to the Dept of Ag. Certain legislatures were behind this push to take the authority away from the PGC. Some with big deer farming operations in their respective districts. So...when all is said and done, blame the legislature.
Now...I doubt the PGC would have stopped CWD from coming here, but it wouldn't have been here so soon or at the level we are seeing it. With the Dept of Ag in control, you can see the results.
Your working in the past. CWD came to be in this state in 2012.
I have no idea if testing for deer farmed deer was required back in 2006. We do know that testing was being done statewide in the wild harvest.
Watched a video on the PA Deer Farmer site over the weekend. Made me sick.
Of course, this is a business to them, so the points made made sense in that regard. But glaringly, given all the research they have done on CWD, it is very clear, the deer farms want regulation that favors them over anyone else.
Every deer the dies is tested for CWD.
I just can't believe that the PGC quit having mandatory testing in the DMA areas as they did in 2012. It just seems that they are getting lazed on the concern. Why wouldn't you want to know if the wild deer are infected?
State says deer at Holmes County hunting preserve must be killed
Ohio officials say the owner didn’t follow quarantine rules after one tested positive for a rare disease.
Ohio officials have ordered that all deer at a private hunting preserve in Holmes County be killed because the owner didn’t follow quarantine rules after one tested positive for a rare disease.
It was the first time chronic wasting disease was found in Ohio. No cases have been found in wild deer in the state, but officials are taking extra precautions during the ongoing gun hunting season for deer to ensure the disease doesn’t spread.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the order to destroy the captive herd at World Class Whitetails near Millersburg could involve hundreds of deer at the farm, roughly 70 miles northeast of Columbus. The state says they must be killed because they might have been exposed to the disease and might threaten other animals’ health.
This disease will spread faster than we think...in ten years I think people will finally see the effect in the wild here in pa....the problem is ...money is involved...too many people would rather see the resource be destroyed instead of making more regulations on a business.... When this disease first popped up out west their should of been strict regs not to allow deer to be transported state to state....but that would not happen....it would hurt too many businesses...but too bad....now every hunter in this state has to worry about it....it's sad....