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CWD Found on Western Slope of Bighorn Mountains for First Time

CHEYENNE (RELEASE) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department diagnosed chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the first time in Deer Hunt Area 52 on the western slope of the Bighorn Mountains.  The Game and Fish Wildlife Health Laboratory confirmed CWD in a mule deer buck harvested by a hunter on Oct. 16 near Crystal Creek on public land. Deer Hunt Area 52 borders Deer Hunt Area 122 to the west and Deer Hunt Area 51 to the south, both of which are in the CWD endemic area for deer. To date, CWD has not been detected in the adjoining...

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South Dakota Officials Propose Increase in Elk Tags to Battle CWD

As the battle against the deadly chronic wasting disease (CWD) heats up in hotspots across America, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is taking the proper precautions to protect their natural resources. Establishing a new antlerless elk hunting unit in the Custer State Park region, officials believe this will give them additional data and allow them to use what they call, adaptive management when it comes to CWD. Increasing available antlerless tags from 20 to 60, the department is hopeful that additional hunting pressure will alleviate the risk of infection.  Currently running at an infection rate of...

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Two Louisiana Men Who Imported Deer from CWD Farm Plead Guilty

After a thorough investigation, a pair of Louisiana men were charged with conspiring to illegally smuggle deer by officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cited for a number of Lacey Act violations, the two men; Edward L. Donaldson Jr., 75 and John Jared Oertling, 42, were in court this week where they entered a guilty plea for their reckless actions. The two men admitted to conspiring to import live whitetail deer between 2010 and 2012 to the Turkey Trot Ranch, a high-fence game farm they manage on behalf of Oertling’s wife, Jill Marie Donaldson. In addition to...

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Michigan’s 10th Case of CWD Surfaces During Youth Hunt

Harvested in Montcalm County during last months youth hunting season, a 3 1/2 –year-old doe is believed to be Michigan’s 10th free-ranging deer with chronic wasting disease. After an initial round of testing, the preliminary results indicate the presence of the disease but the DNR has stated that they are still awaiting final confirmation from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. “We cannot thank this family enough for bringing their deer to a check station,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian. “Without their effort, the disease may have gone undetected in this area. We encourage hunters from...

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Two Louisiana Men Face Charges for Importing CWD Deer into Louisiana, Mississippi

Chronic wasting disease is arguably the number one threat to deer populations in North America today and a pair of Louisiana men put additional animals at risk when they imported live deer from Pennsylvania to game farms in Mississipi and Lousiana. Following a lengthy investigation, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that the two men, Edward L. Donaldson Jr., 75, and John Jared Oertling, 42, both of Pearl River, Louisiana, conspired to illegally smuggle deer.  According to court documents, Oertling executed promissory notes in excess of $200,000 to buy over 55 deer for delivery to Louisiana...

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