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First Confirmed Case Of Mad Deer CWD In Maryland
By Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
2-13-11

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE, CERVID - USA (05) (MARYLAND)

Date: 10 Feb 2010
Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources [edited]
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/pressrelease2011/021011a.asp?
Chronic wasting disease found in a white-tailed deer in Maryland
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received laboratory confirmation on 10 Feb 2011 that a white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the 1st confirmed case of CWD in Maryland. A hunter in Allegany County reported taking the deer on 27 Nov 2010 in Green Ridge State Forest. Maryland joins 20 other states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.

"Our team of wildlife professionals has been preparing for this result for some time so we are well-informed and ready to limit the impact of this event," said Paul Peditto, director of DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service. "We have sampled intensively for this disease since 2002 and see this as an unfortunate but somewhat inevitable outcome. The good news is that our preparation and planning ensure a sound scientific foundation for our response to this single positive test result. With the continued cooperation of hunters, farmers, deer processors and landowners who have supported our monitoring effort, we will manage this deer disease consistent with the best available science and with minimal impact on our deer population and the people who enjoy these great animals."

"Concerns over CWD should not stop anyone from enjoying venison," added Peditto, who explained that only 4 species of the deer family are known to be susceptible to CWD: elk, mule deer, moose and white-tailed deer. Of these, only the white-tailed deer occurs in the wild in Maryland and there are no reported cases of transmission to humans or other animals.

As always, hunters are advised to exercise caution and never consume the meat of sick animals. Hunters are also advised to avoid contact with the brain, spinal column or lymph nodes of deer -- all of which are normally removed during the butchering process.

This is the 1st positive sample out of nearly 6800 deer tested in Maryland since 1999. From 2002 until 2009 that sampling occurred statewide. In 2010, sampling efforts were focused on Allegany and western Washington counties due to the presence of positive cases in nearby West Virginia and Virginia. West Virginia 1st detected CWD in Hampshire County in 2005 and it was found in Frederick County, Virginia in early 2010.

"Maryland will continue to work closely with the wildlife professionals in our adjacent states to share information and coordinate response efforts. However, our primary goal is to ensure the public is fully informed and knows what we know when we know it. We want to be certain that every interested Marylander understands this disease and recognizes that there is no risk to people, pets or domestic livestock. As in every other state with CWD, we will respond appropriately while ultimately learning to live with this disease with little impact to our wildlife or citizens," Peditto concluded.

For more information on CWD in Maryland and the DNR Response Plan, please visit the DNR website at
http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/deer/disease/cwdinformation.
 

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It was only a matter of time as many were found in W. Va. I'm sure there have been more in MD but this is the first official documentation. Man thinks he has all the answers for managing wildlife but nature has a way of taking care of itself!..........Gary
 

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I think that there has been more cases of CWD in Green Ridge that we know about. A couple of years ago I went camping there and riding the ATVs. When I was leaving Sunday afternoon I noticed a doe beside the road. I pull up beside her the bank was steep and she was leaning on the bank for support to stand up. She had all the symptoms; lathargic, skinny, fur missing on the joints. I called the ranger station and told them where the deer was and asked if they wanted me to euthanize the animal. The lady said that I could not do that and that she would send someone out to check it out. I asked if she wanted me to wait and she said I could if I wanted but it would probably be a couple of hours before anyone would get there. I gave her my cell number and told her to call me if they had any trouble finding the location. A couple of hours later a MD State Trooper calls me looking for the deer. I explain to him where I last saw the deer and which way it was stumbling and falling towards. The trooper calls me back about 15 minutes later to tell me he had located the deer where I had told him. He then proceeded to tell me that there was nothing wrong with the deer that he walked down and looked at it and it was drinking water from the creek and looked fine to him. WTF? I thought anyone would have enough common sense to know that no self respecting wild whitetail would let you walk up to it and take look at it! Looking back I probably should have shot it on the spot and been done with it but breaking the law would not have been worth it even if it was the right thing to do.
 

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I think that there has been more cases of CWD in Green Ridge that we know about. A couple of years ago I went camping there and riding the ATVs. When I was leaving Sunday afternoon I noticed a doe beside the road. I pull up beside her the bank was steep and she was leaning on the bank for support to stand up. She had all the symptoms; lathargic, skinny, fur missing on the joints. I called the ranger station and told them where the deer was and asked if they wanted me to euthanize the animal. The lady said that I could not do that and that she would send someone out to check it out. I asked if she wanted me to wait and she said I could if I wanted but it would probably be a couple of hours before anyone would get there. I gave her my cell number and told her to call me if they had any trouble finding the location. A couple of hours later a MD State Trooper calls me looking for the deer. I explain to him where I last saw the deer and which way it was stumbling and falling towards. The trooper calls me back about 15 minutes later to tell me he had located the deer where I had told him. He then proceeded to tell me that there was nothing wrong with the deer that he walked down and looked at it and it was drinking water from the creek and looked fine to him. WTF? I thought anyone would have enough common sense to know that no self respecting wild whitetail would let you walk up to it and take look at it! Looking back I probably should have shot it on the spot and been done with it but breaking the law would not have been worth it even if it was the right thing to do.
You did the right thing. I agree with you that any wild deer will not let you walk up to it. I have had deer come in my room to eat at Cannane Valley ski resort. These deer are fed on a regular basis though. A State Trooper is not well trained in wildlife issues and may or may not hunt and have a clue. Nature will take care of itself but as a hunter, it is VERY hard to watch an animal suffer.
 
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