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Post #1  Post subject: Commission unsure whether CWD prevalence has shifted
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:03 pm 
ArkansasOnline
By Emily Walkenhorst

This article was published today at 2:49 a.m.


Commission unsure whether CWD prevalence has shifted

Chronic wasting disease remains concentrated in a limited area of Northwest Arkansas, but whether it is more or less prevalent than last year is unknown, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials told the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday.

After 2,615 voluntary tests of deer and elk during the 2016-2017 hunting season across the state, only seven counties shared in the 87 positive results, according to the AGFC. Those counties were Newton, Searcy, Boone, Carroll, Pope, Madison and Marion. Of those 87 positive results, 86 were whitetailed deer and one was an elk.

Before that hunting season, the AGFC tested deer in Newton and Boone counties and found that 23 percent of the 266 animals were infected with the disease. Figures from the 2016-2017 hunting season indicate only 3 percent of deer statewide had the disease.

Testing for chronic wasting disease is......

Full article @:
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017 ... c/#c369923

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Commission unsure whether CWD prevalence has shifted
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:29 am 
The University professor is right about not getting rid of CWD. Can't be done. Managing prevalence and rapidity of the spread are the only actions at this time. However the lack of testing numbers and the AGFC approach to testing is inadequate at best IMO. Unless AGFC commits itself to collection of many more hunter samples in the core area and intensively looking outside this core in the rest of the state this cannot happen.
The season is open and hunters once again will probably check around 200,000 deer. That is a very large pool of animals to draw on but the methods employed at this time will not find out anything of value. Might as well not waste hunters time or agency resources on this feeble effort.
Either make a real effort or quit bothering us about CWD. :twocents:


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