The animal that tested positive for CWD was a white-tailed deer inspected as part of the State's CWD surveillance and testing program.
We just need to concentrate on coming up with a containment plan that will decrease interaction between animals.
I have read a lot about CWD. I still am not sure if CWD is as big of a deal as the media makes it out to be.
It seems much like other natural diseases, it comes and it goes.
In Michigan they took major steps to cut baiting to stop CWD.
They also did they same to stop TB.
I think both are natural occuring and natural will take care of them.
That Missouri deer appears to be an isolated incident.
Frampton said, "The illegal importation of deer constitutes a threat to the state's deer resource and hunting tradition, making them a great concern to the department. Additionally, deer hunting contributes over $200 million to the states economy annually, most of which is spent at the local level in counties that depend on natural resource based economics. Too much is at stake for the department, as well as, South Carolina's citizens to condone this type of activity."
According to Ruth, "Disease is at the top of the list of reasons that the importation of deer into South Carolina is not allowed. Although the deer allegedly originated in Ohio, we now know that deer came from at least 3 states including Wisconsin, a state that is known to have CWD."
CWD, a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE), has recently emerged as a significant threat to North America's deer populations, Ruth said. "TSE's are fatal neurological diseases characterized by the degeneration of the brain. Although somewhat different, CWD is essentially the deer version of "Mad Cow Disease" which has been so devastating to the British livestock industry. Disease experts indicate that CWD only affects members of the deer family with no link being made to livestock or humans."
"Although the disease has been diagnosed in 14 states and two Canadian Provinces, South Carolina has had a low risk of having a problem with CWD for two reasons," Ruth said. "CWD has not been detected in the Southeast, and South Carolina is geographically far from any areas known to harbor CWD. Second, South Carolina has not allowed the interstate movement of deer, and there is evidence that movements of deer for commercial purposes have played a role in the current CWD situation nationally. Obviously, cases of illegal importation greatly increase the state's risk of introduction of CWD and are of great concern."
According to court records, James Schaffer of Charleston conspired with Danny L. Parrott of Kimbolton, Ohio and other unnamed individuals, to transport deer to South Carolina on several occasions in late 2005.
Approximately $70,000 were paid for the deer, which went to Graham's Turnout Hunt
I disagree only becuase the number of incidents show a direct correlation that deer in enclosures are more susceptible than the free roaming population. The amount of cases being reported are not from the free raoming population, the vast amount of incidents are from deer that are enclosed within a fence.
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