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Posted: 9/8/2005 4:18:03 AM EDT
Something to keep in mind as hunting season approaches...

For Immediate Release
September 2, 2005 Contact
Julia Dixon, 804-367-0991


Richmond, VA — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) was notified this afternoon by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) that they confirmed the first known case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in West Virginia. This is the southern most confirmed case of CWD in the eastern United States to date. The white-tailed deer came from Hampshire County, West Virginia, approximately 10 miles from the Virginia state line adjacent to Frederick County, Virginia.

VDGIF biologists and staff Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jonathan Sleeman had previously identified this region as a high risk for CWD due to the presence of captive deer facilities in neighboring states, including West Virginia. The Department had already planned to implement enhanced CWD testing in Virginia in that region this fall.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is activating its Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan, most recently revised in July 2005. The Department has had a comprehensive CWD surveillance strategy in place since 2002. Any confirmed case of CWD within 50 miles of Virginia activates the CWD Response Plan.

In the near future, VDGIF staff will be holding meetings in that area to inform the public about CWD and the Department's CWD management actions. For more information about CWD, visit the Department's Web site at www.dgif.virginia.gov.

The Department is in communication with West Virginia DNR. To see their press release that makes this announcement, visit their Web site at www.wvdnr.gov.

Link Posted: 9/8/2005 8:20:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 3:16:16 PM EDT
That's why we have the go ahead to shoot the elk coming out of WV. I would hate to see CWD spread through out the state.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 3:35:23 PM EDT
We don't have any elk in WV, except for the few coming in from Kentucky over on the South Western side of the state.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 1:29:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By possumkop:
We don't have any elk in WV, except for the few coming in from Kentucky over on the South Western side of the state.

You are correct...VADGIF gives us the ok to harvest an elk in the southern part of the state...and use a deer tag to tag it. They don't want an elk population in VA.

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 9:15:51 PM EDT
And yet the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to continue their program to reintroduce elk into the Smokies.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:27:01 AM EDT
Reintroducing elk hasn't caused the spread of CWD. It has actually been in the wild elk and mule deer herds in wyoming and colorado for decades. The spread of CWD to the east is due to the legal and illegal transport of pen-raised deer and elk from one game farm to another, where the captive animals come in contact daily with the mucous and shit of each other. They can also come into contact with wild deer surrounding the game farms with nose-to-nose contact through a fence.
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