- 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
- 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
- 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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