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Shut the stinking disease vectors down now!


CWD Disease Management Area To Expand Into Elk Range

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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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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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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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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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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.
They did for the county i live in just this week. They just released 2 more DMAP areas and 1730 more tags for Perry and part of Juniata just this week. I didnt check other counties but i am willing to bet more DMAP areas were added in other counties. Not sure if it will do any good when most of the new DMAP areas added is posted land in Perry. If those land owners dont allow hunters on their land and they themselves don't buy any of the DMAPs tags its almost useless unless the land owner participate and allow other hunters to particpate in culling the herd.
 

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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.

Interesting point! My area was the first for CWD establishing the first DMA, actually it happened after the manual was printed an on special order of PGC director. DMA-2 mainly Bedford County guessing around 2015. They issued additional 13k tags first available on line or via mail the first day residents could apply for doe but a resident or NR could apply the same time both resident or NR paying the same price of $6.70. You could then apply for a second one at time of regular doe second drawing, then on the third round you could apply for as many as you wanted as long as left over. They would mail each one separate in a separate envelope and you could use any time even if it was a split rifle season. The following year in 2016 I attended a meeting about an hour drive from me that the PGC put on a special meeting open to the public to give there take and answer any questions. It was very good educational wise of what to do with parts and what not to since all of this was new. I asked the question if any of this money was going to research, they said at the time no. This was a pretty good solution and I think worked very well. What I disagree with what they did a a year or so later was make the ( Disease Tag ) a DMAP tag. The reason I say this is the price of a DMAP tag for me as a nr is like 36 or 37 dollars and a resident also pays more for a dmap then a regular tag. Im not saying this to be cheap but the disease tag was initial set up for a very severe management problem for the hunter to help out. Raising the price like this is not the answer of asking for help. At one time I had 6 disease tags coming to $40.20, 6 dmap tags would be $220.20, sorry im not going to help you then.
 

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Interesting point! My area was the first for CWD establishing the first DMA, actually it happened after the manual was printed an on special order of PGC director. DMA-2 mainly Bedford County guessing around 2015. They issued additional 13k tags first available on line or via mail the first day residents could apply for doe but a resident or NR could apply the same time both resident or NR paying the same price of $6.70. You could then apply for a second one at time of regular doe second drawing, then on the third round you could apply for as many as you wanted as long as left over. They would mail each one separate in a separate envelope and you could use any time even if it was a split rifle season. The following year in 2016 I attended a meeting about an hour drive from me that the PGC put on a special meeting open to the public to give there take and answer any questions. It was very good educational wise of what to do with parts and what not to since all of this was new. I asked the question if any of this money was going to research, they said at the time no. This was a pretty good solution and I think worked very well. What I disagree with what they did a a year or so later was make the ( Disease Tag ) a DMAP tag. The reason I say this is the price of a DMAP tag for me as a nr is like 36 or 37 dollars and a resident also pays more for a dmap then a regular tag. Im not saying this to be cheap but the disease tag was initial set up for a very severe management problem for the hunter to help out. Raising the price like this is not the answer of asking for help. At one time I had 6 disease tags coming to $40.20, 6 dmap tags would be $220.20, sorry im not going to help you then.

You make a valid point. If we want these deer killed we have to make it something that hunters will jump on. Why should a dmap tag cost more than any other antlerless tag.
 

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This might stir up some folks but why is it just doe they are targeting? Buck can have CWD also.
If you read my post, I believe I address that. Maybe not to the extent of unlimited doe tags, but it could be changed to unlimited any sex license.
 
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If you read my post, I believe I address that. Maybe not to the extent of unlimited doe tags, but it could be changed to unlimited any sex license.
Sorry about that. My mistake. Drastic measures will have to be takes to slow the spread of CWD. Many might not like what those decisions might be. If it means more doe tags, DMAP tags, removing AR, sharpshooters, then so be it. Something needs to be done to slow the spread.
 

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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.
I will tell you why, a year or so ago they were going to do just that and the hunters in that WMU came unglued and pizzed and moaned and went to the general assembly complaining and cause the PGC to step back. Sometimes hunters are their own enemy. It sounds easy, make a decision and go with it, sadly it isn't that easy in the political world where people who have self interests without knowledge go to the general assembly who also don't know anything!
 

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That happened this past winter in Southern Blair County. PGC was going to do the sharpshooter ordeal and locals went nutz. This area im speaking of his vast farm land and the owners said no along with sportsman clubs, etc. I have the same thing where my neighbor next to me as always believed in no doe hunting, he has 120 acres adjoining me. Too bad we have a double edge sword against the entire CWD thing. The Dept. Of Ag and many landowners don't want nothing killed. Im not bashing a landowner at all since I am a Pa. property owner and you have the right to choose what goes on in your property. But for example my neighbor I mentioned cries the loudest about the CWD issues and bashes the PGC for not doing anything about. My old retired WCO friend has told me many times, the sportsman actually does the management of reducing or let walk.
 
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