Another Mad Deer Found In Utah
From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello, Jeff: Yet another deer found with CWD in Utah. Of importance is the fact that the deer were found in agracultural field where they were eating crops.
I find this report to be urgent in as much as:
1. It proves infected deer ARE entering and grazing on agricultural, fields and, of course, cattle fields. (It is established policy in Canada that commercial livestock farm land where CWD animals have been found is quarantined for ALL agricultural uses indefinitely.)
2. It shows CWD is still infecting and spreading among wild deer.
3. Hunters who took previously killed deer had to be notified that the deer were CWD infected. Did the hunters consume the meat?
4. It does NOT take into consideration all the infected CWD deer which are never found, i.e. those in deep woods and forests that do not venture near civilization.
We have an enormous problem and I don't know what to do about it. Neither does anyone in our Conservation and Wildlife Government Offices and Agencies.
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Sanpete County Deer Tests Positive For Chronic Wasting Disease
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources September 18, 2003
The Division of Wildlife Resources identified yet another Utah deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD). This deer was located during a depredation effort in the Central Region, near Fountain Green in Sanpete County. 5 deer were culled from agricultural fields where they were doing crop damage, but only one adult doe was determined to test positive for CWD. This is the first infected animal identified in central Utah.
2 buck deer taken in Utah during 2003's archery hunt tested positive for CWD, the Division of Wildlife Resources announced 17 Sep 2003. Both of those deer were taken in eastern Utah. One was taken on Diamond Mountain north of Vernal. The other was taken on the LaSal Mountains east of Moab. Both deer were adult animals, meaning they were at least 2 1/2 years old. The hunters who took the deer have been notified that the animals they took had CWD.
The discovery, announced Monday, represents the farthest west that CWD has been found in a wild population in the United States, according to Leslie MacFarlane, the Division of Wildlife Resources' lead biologist on the progressive neurological disease that can kill deer and elk. The diseased deer was one of 5 killed while feasting on a farmer's alfalfa field near the town of Fountain Green.
"None of the 5 deer looked sick," MacFarlane said. So far, 5 deer in Utah have been confirmed with the disease -- but this latest discovery places the disease in the heart of the state's prime hunting region just weeks before the start of the traditional -- and most popular -- rifle deer season opener. The first CWD case in the state, detected in an animal on Diamond Mountain north of Vernal, was announced in February 2003. Another confirmation came from a doe in the La Sal Mountains east of Moab in May 2003.
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