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  • Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

    01/18/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20181:25 PM ET | Sam Brasch
    Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared venison steaks with mashed potatoes and a whiskey cream sauce. "We each have our specialty, actually," says States as the steak sizzles. "The girls made elk tamales this morning, but we use [venison or elk] in spaghetti, chili, soup, whatever." The States take pride in skipping the butcher counter at the grocery store. The red...
  • CWD issues turn personal with news of diseased buck

    12/03/2015 2:45:08 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-3-15 | Paul A. Smith
    I've been fortunate to hunt in North America for more than 30 years, mostly in Wisconsin but also in Alaska, Montana, Canada and Mexico, and have many treasured experiences. The 2015 Wisconsin deer season, however, brought an unwelcome first in my world. A buck I shot Nov. 2 in Richland County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. I learned about the test result on Wednesday. The meat from this buck, which I deboned, wrapped and stored frozen, will be thrown in the garbage. The 30 pounds of sausage made from trimmings will be tossed, too. Destroying the venison goes against...
  • CWD not spreading, DNR says (Chronic Wasting Disease in WV)

    01/09/2007 1:29:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 355+ views
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | January 07, 2007 | John McCoy
    When Hampshire County hunters brought in 1,335 deer to be screened for chronic wasting disease last fall, biologists figured at least a few infected animals would turn up. One did. It was the only one. Wildlife officials are reluctant to celebrate because the disease — which creates symptoms in deer and elk similar to mad cow disease in cattle — is notoriously difficult to get rid of. But Paul Johansen, Division of Natural Resources assistant wildlife chief, calls it “positive news.” “When you’re looking for a silver lining in the whole [chronic wasting disease] scenario, this is positive news,” Johansen...
  • Everyone laughs while chronic wasting looms

    11/26/2006 10:56:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies · 930+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 11-26-06 | Rob Zaleski
    John Stauber recently stopped at a sporting goods store in Richland Center to get his chainsaw repaired. Earlier that day, Stauber says, the Legislative Audit Bureau reported that the Department of Natural Resources' $27 million plan to thin the state's deer herd in an attempt to eradicate chronic wasting disease has been a flop. And Stauber, director of the Madison-based Center for Media & Democracy, says most of those waiting in line to purchase deer hunting licenses were "laughing and ridiculing the DNR." "They saw this as another public funding fiasco where know-nothing game managers are wasting money and interfering...
  • Wisconsin Not Slowing CWD

    11/20/2006 9:56:18 AM PST · by girlangler · 10 replies · 475+ views
    The Outdoor Wire ^ | Nov. 20, 2006 | Jim Shepherd
    Wisconsin has been one of the states most proactive in the battle against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). A form of the same fatal brain illness as mad cow disease, CWD actually forms holes in animals' brains, causing a variety of illnesses, including weight loss, tremors, odd - almost crazy behavior- and, eventually death. There are no reported instances of an infected animal having ever recovered from CWD. To date, deer and elk in 14 states have been found to have CWD. There is no evidence, however, that people have ever caught chronic wasting disease from infected deer or elk. Since...
  • Provision Authored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein Will Exterminate All Santa Rosa Elk & Mule Deer

    11/17/2006 12:16:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,445+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | November 15, 2006 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683 Provision Authored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein Will Exterminate All Santa Rosa Elk and Mule Deer Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Fairfax, VA – Last month, President George W. Bush signed the 2007 Defense Authorization Act, which included an NRA-supported provision saving hundreds of elk and mule deer on Santa Rosa Island from the court-ordered extermination that was to begin in 2008 and be completed by 2011.However, yesterday, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein attached an amendment to the Military Construction Appropriations bill that will overturn current law and exterminate hundreds of healthy...
  • Study finds CWD probably spread through saliva

    10/11/2006 4:07:07 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 905+ views
    Country Today ^ | 10-11-06
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Deer probably spread the brain-destroying illness chronic wasting disease through their saliva, concludes a study that finally pins down a long-suspected culprit. The key was that Colorado researchers tested some special deer. Chronic wasting disease is in the same family of fatal brain illnesses as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and its human equivalent. There is no evidence people have ever caught chronic wasting disease from infected deer or elk. But CWD is unusual because, unlike its very hard-to-spread relatives, it seems to spread fairly easily from animal to animal. Scientists weren't sure how, primarily because studying large wild...
  • Deer eradication is plan for CWD area ( Chronic Wasting Disease-Wisconsin)

    05/28/2002 11:04:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies · 431+ views
    Mt. Horeb, Wis. — Hunters and landowners took the bad news in stride at the first public meeting in a series of five to be held around the state regarding chronic wasting disease (CWD). More than 1,000 people filled the Mt. Horeb High School gym on May 1 to learn about DNR proposals to eliminate the deer herd within the CWD core Eradication Zone, and reduce populations within the larger CWD Management Zone. Scott Craven, chairman of the UW-Madison Department of Wildlife Ecology told the audience the state faces a serious and potentially disastrous problem. The problem is even more...
  • CWD Cost - Chronic Wasting Disease in deer could cost Wisconsin $96 Million

    07/15/2002 11:28:50 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 83+ views
    CWD Cost There's now an estimated price tag on how much money chronic wasting disease could cost people in the state of Wisconsin. UW researchers say the hunting industry could suffer a $96-million shortfall, come this fall. It all depends on the amount of people who decide to hunt, and how they spend their money. The DNR says there's a direct tie between the money, and the uncertainty about CWD. "There's nothing fair about CWD, no matter which way you look at it, impact on hunters, on state agencies, it takes a lot of energy," said Tom Hauge, DNR...

    10/07/2002 10:39:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 110+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 6, 2002 | Brenda Fowler
    Tommy Schulenberg eases his old Ford pickup onto the narrow shoulder of County Road J, just north of Mt. Horeb, Wis., and points down the grassy embankment to a line of trees about 50 yards away. "That's where he was shot," he tells me with the self-conscious grin of someone unaccustomed to much fuss. "We heard three shots and then I heard T.J. get on the walkie-talkie, breathing real hard, you know, and he said, 'Dad, I got a big one, get down here.' " The buck was a dandy all right. His rack was a perfect 12-pointer, a rarity...
  • DNR hopes plan will help wipe out area’s herd (Wi CWD)

    01/25/2003 6:25:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies · 212+ views
    Country Today ^ | 1-25-03
    MADISON (AP) — Landowners in an area where chronic wasting disease was first detected will be allowed to bait deer to aid in the eradication of the herd under an emergency rule approved Jan. 7 by Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board. A statewide ban on baiting and feeding was imposed last year in an effort to stem the spread of chronic wasting disease, which scientists believe is spread by animal-to-animal contact. But the DNR board voted 6-1 to allow baiting in a 411-square-mile area around Mount Horeb. Members hope the bait piles will congregate deer and make it easier for landowners...
  • Researchers find CWD more prevalent in older bucks

    07/11/2003 5:34:14 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 95+ views
    Country Today ^ | 7-10-03
    MADISON - Researchers continuing to examine the results of the chronic wasting disease sampling effort during the 2002 Wisconsin hunting seasons report that the data indicates older bucks have a higher prevalence of the fatal brain disease and that the disease is not uniformly distributed within the infected area. "We examined the data from nearly 2,000 adult deer within the area where CWD is most prevalent. For yearling deer, we found chronic wasting disease at equal levels in male and female yearlings, 3.2 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively," said Mike Samuel, veterinarian and lead CWD researcher with the U.S. Geological...
  • CWD Panic Gone, But Disease Isn't; Deer Hunt Rules Aim to Stem it (WI)

    11/18/2005 3:02:49 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 435+ views ^ | November 18, 2005 | Bill Novak
    Wisconsin will be ablaze in bright orange early Saturday morning as 600,000 hunters take aim at a white-tailed deer herd that outnumbers the hunters by more than a 2-1 ratio. Almost lost in the hubbub for the start of the traditional nine-day gun deer season is the fact that Wisconsin is one of only 10 states in the country that has discovered chronic wasting disease in its deer herd. While the near panic about CWD has died down over the three years since the deadly disease was discovered in Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources still operates two disease eradication...
  • CWD keeps lid on antler prices

    03/05/2006 11:37:27 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 210+ views
    The Country Today ^ | 3-5-06 | Sara Bredesen
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS — There is a huge demand for velvet antler in eastern Asia, but the specter of chronic wasting disease is holding up sales of the product directly to places like South Korea. That doesn’t mean that the highly sought after Chinese medicinal product isn’t getting there. It means it has to take the long way around, and producers in the United States are losing out, according to Shawn Richards of Global Velvet International. Mr. Richards spoke to members of the Wisconsin Commercial Deer and Elk Farmers Association last week at their annual convention in Wisconsin Rapids. Velvet antler...
  • New way to study prions found [CWD]

    03/20/2006 4:15:38 PM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 386+ views
    Research could lead to better understanding of wasting diseases By The Associated Press GREAT FALLS -- Scientists at McLaughlin Research Center have discovered a new way to study prions, the infectious agents that cause brain-wasting diseases, and hope the work could lead to a better understanding of who is more at risk to contract such diseases. Scientists infected stem cell cultures from fetal mouse brains with prions and found the infection could be detected within weeks. Injecting mice with the prions and waiting for infection to develop can take months and sometimes years. The tissue cultures allow the researchers to...
  • Soil-bound Prions That Cause CWD Remain Infectious

    04/16/2006 11:19:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 818+ views
    Scientists have confirmed that prions, the mysterious proteins thought to cause chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, latch on tightly to certain minerals in soil and remain infectious. The discovery that prions stay deadly despite sticking to soil comes as a surprise, because while many proteins can bind to soil, that binding usually changes their shapes and activities. In a paper published in the journal PLoS Pathogens (April 14), scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggest that certain soil types serve as natural prion repositories in the wild. As animals regularly consume soil to meet their mineral needs, it's possible...
  • Eating wild deer unsafe

    01/27/2006 6:52:28 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 21 replies · 862+ views - Biological Agents ^ | January 27, 2006 | John Soltes
    Deer and elk that are infected with mad cow-like disease, known as chronic wasting disease (CWD), carry infectious agents called prions in their leg muscles, indicating that those handling and eating infected deer meat may contract the same disease, University of Kentucky researchers reported on Jan. 26 in the journal Science. This newfound evidence is shocking because the public has been informed that the infectious prion protein for CWD was only present in parts of the nervous system such as brains and backbones. It was thought in the past that only nervous tissues from infected deer were susceptible to spreading...
  • Infectious prions found in deer meat

    01/27/2006 9:35:14 AM PST · by girlangler · 55 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | Jan. 27, 2006 | Katy Human
    Infectious prions found in deer meat Research finds the matter, which causes chronic wasting disease, in muscle. It had been thought to be only in nervous-system tissue. By Katy Human Denver Post Staff Writer A person who eats venison could swallow the proteins shown to cause a deadly brain disease in deer, elk and moose, researchers reported today. Their article in the journal Science represents the first time scientists have found the proteins that cause the affliction, chronic wasting disease, in the meat and muscle of deer. Previously, it had been found only in the brain, spinal and lymph tissues....

    04/04/2005 7:03:36 AM PDT · by finnsheep · 11 replies · 489+ views
    A ProMED-mail post ProMED-mail, a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases [1] Date: 2 Apr 2005 From: ProMED-mail Source: NY Dept. of Agriculture press release [edited] 2nd Case of CWD Found in Oneida County Deer State's Trace Back Finds 2nd Positive CWD in Herd Directly Linked to Index Herd ----------------------------------------------- A 2nd positive case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in New York State has been confirmed in a white-tailed deer from a captive herd in Oneida County that is directly linked to the herd where a white-tailed doe was found positive for CWD earlier this week. CWD is...
  • Researchers Create an Artificial Prion (Mad Cow, deer and elk Chronic Wasting Disease, ALERT)

    07/29/2004 6:07:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 880+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2004 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    Scientists are reporting that, for the first time, they have made an artificial prion, or misfolded protein, that can, by itself, produce a deadly infectious disease in mice and may help explain the roots of mad cow disease. The findings, being reported on Friday in the journal Science, are strong evidence for the so-called "protein only hypothesis," the controversial idea that a protein, acting alone without the help of DNA or RNA, can cause certain kinds of infectious diseases. The concept was introduced in 1982 by Dr. Stanley Prusiner, a neurology professor at the University of California in San Francisco,...