1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Pennsylvania Deer

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by gfanikf, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Active Member

    Nov 16, 2011
    Well this is some bad bad news.

    Read more: http://www.pfsc.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=pgc&action=display&thread=336#ixzz290xxsR1w
  2. josiewales

    josiewales Active Member

    May 1, 2011
    Dang I live in Franklin Co. A little to close to home.
  3. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    Jun 5, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    It's very sad.

    There's also some sort of disease that has been killing thousands of deer in Michigan, but I forgot what it's called. My brother said he's seen hundreds of dead deer along the rivers where he canoes.
  4. huntsman

    huntsman Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2003
    ohio's northcoast
  5. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Mentor

    Feb 6, 2007
    A few years ago CWD was discovered in southern Wisconsin. DNR claimed it came from infected game farm deer that got loose and spread it to wild deer. First there was confusion, then concern and then panic. The state did it's damnedest to kill every deer in the southern third of the state in hopes that it would not spread. Put whole new sections in the regs book about it and how to process your deer safely. Legally taken deer from known CWD areas were not even supposed to be taken out of the county until processed. Folks were afraid to eat their venison because it's basically a form of "Mad Cow" disease. Food pantries with donated venison couldn't give it away. Deer were randomly tested by the state and there were places that would test your deer for a fee to make sure it was safe to eat. As more information was gleaned and intense studies done, things have calmed down. While there are still restrictions to baiting and feeding deer in known CWD areas, most now realize that venison properly handled(as it always should have been done) is perfectly safe to eat(unless you like the brain and bone marrow). It has also been accepted that CWD is here to stay and it is not going to kill off the whole population. The DNR suspects that CWD has been around longer than most think, and since the average age of deer has increased in the state due to QDM type practices, the incidence of sick deer has increased because deer tend to need to be three or four years old before they exhibit symptoms. Since the incubation period is thought to be a minimum of 16 months or more, when the average age of deer in Wisconsin was 2- 2 1/2 years old, relatively few animals lived long enough to exhibit symptoms. Most think the prion is passed thru saliva and other body fluids and maternal transmission may be a possibility. Large concentrations of animals in a small area and artificial feeding is believed to help the transmission of the disease, thus the banning of baiting and feeding of wild deer in many areas of Wisconsin.

Share This Page