CWD in Maryland wild whitetail

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CWD in Maryland wild whitetail

Postby News Editor » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:51 am

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In A White-Tailed Deer In Maryland

Annapolis, Md. (February 10, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received laboratory confirmation on February 10, 2011 that a white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first confirmed case of CWD in Maryland. A hunter in Allegany County reported taking the deer on November 27, 2010 in Green Ridge State Forest. Maryland is now one of 20 other states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.

"Our team of wildlife professionals has been preparing for this result for some time so we are well-informed and ready to limit the impact of this event,” said Paul Peditto, Director of DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service. “We have sampled intensively for this disease since 2002 and see this as an unfortunate but somewhat inevitable outcome. The good news is that our preparation and planning ensure a sound scientific foundation for our response to this single positive test result. With the continued cooperation of hunters, farmers, deer processors and landowners who have supported our monitoring effort, we will manage this deer disease consistent with the best available science and with minimal impact on our deer population and the people who enjoy these great animals.”

“Concerns over CWD should not stop anyone from enjoying venison,” added Peditto, who explained that only four species of the deer family are known to be susceptible to CWD: elk, mule deer, moose and white-tailed deer. Of these, only the white-tailed deer occurs in the wild in Maryland and there are no reported cases of transmission to humans or other animals.

As always, hunters are advised to exercise caution and never consume the meat of sick animals. Hunters are also advised to avoid contact with the brain, spinal column or lymph nodes of deer — all of which are normally removed during the butchering process.

This is the first positive sample out of nearly 6,800 deer tested in Maryland since 1999. From 2002 until 2009 that sampling occurred statewide. In 2010, sampling efforts were focused on Allegany and western Washington counties due to the presence of positive cases in nearby West Virginia and Virginia. West Virginia first detected CWD in Hampshire County in 2005 and it was found in Frederick County, Virginia in early 2010.

“Maryland will continue to work closely with the wildlife professionals in our adjacent states to share information and coordinate response efforts. However, our primary goal is to ensure the public is fully-informed and knows what we know when we know it. We want to be certain that every interested Marylander understands this disease and recognizes that there is no risk to people, pets or domestic livestock. As in every other state with CWD, we will respond appropriately while ultimately learning to live with this disease with little impact to our wildlife or citizens,” Peditto concluded.

For more information on CWD in Maryland and the DNR Response Plan, please visit the DNR Website at ... mation.asp.

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Postby gunther89 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:00 am

What state will be next, Iowa perhaps?  

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Postby Gulfcapt » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:09 am

Im wondering what their response efforts will consist of, and how they plan on trying to correct it in that area...

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RE: CWD in Maryland wild whitetail

Postby retiredsailor » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:57 am

Couple of years ago, CWD was discovered in Hampshire County, West Virginia. Since then, it has spread quickly throughout the entire county. If you check it on a map, this county is very near Maryland and Virginia. Sure enough, they found CWD in a neighboring Virgina county last year, and now Maryland. My guess would be that Pennsylvania will be the next place CWD shows up. (I don't know if PA has any yet or not.) Furthermore, I fully expect to hear that CWD has spread to other WV counties (all of those neighboring Hampshire).
Perhaps the DNR efforts to curtail CWD do have some impact, but no effort ever seems to completely eradicate it.
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RE: CWD in Maryland wild whitetail

Postby bmstaaf » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:35 am

Pa has not yet had cwd, but that was my guess for the next state to get it.

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