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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: producer population refuse to participate in animal disease study
Date: October 28, 2005 at 6:34 pm PST

In Reply to: producer population refuse to participate in animal disease study posted by TSS on October 28, 2005 at 6:26 pm:

From: TSS ()
Subject: CWD TWO NEW CASES NEAR WHITE SANDS MISSLE RANGE NEW MEXICO
Date: June 27, 2005 at 4:43 pm PST

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004

dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 24, 2005:

TWO MULE DEER TEST POSITIVE FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

ANGLER LANDS STATE RECORD BLUE CATFISH AT ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE

TWO MULE DEER TEST POSITIVE FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

SANTA FE – Two mule deer captured in the Organ Mountains as part of an ongoing research project near White

Sands Missile Range have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that

attacks the brains of infected deer and elk, the Department of Game and Fish announced.

The number of confirmed CWD cases in New Mexico now stands at 11 since 2002, when the disease was first

confirmed in a deer found near the eastern foothills of the Organ Mountains. All 11 CWD-infected deer were found

in the same general area of southern New Mexico. The origin of the disease in New Mexico remains unknown.

The carcasses of the infected deer will be incinerated, said Kerry Mower, the Department’s lead wildlife disease

biologist.

Chronic wasting disease causes animals to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, lose bodily functions

and die. The disease has been found in wild deer and elk, and in captive deer and elk, in eight states and two

Canadian provinces. There currently is no evidence of CWD being transmitted to humans or livestock.

Mower said the most recent CWD-positive deer showed no obvious physical signs of having the disease. They

were captured in April 2005 and tested as part of a 3-year-old research project studying deer population dynamics

in southern New Mexico. More than 140 deer have been captured alive and tested for the study, in which

researchers hope to find the cause of a 10-year decline in the area deer population. Study participants include the

Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Army at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss, Bureau of Land

Management, U.S. Geological Survey at New Mexico State University, and San Andres National Wildlife Refuge.

Hunters can assist the Department in its CWD research and prevention efforts by bringing their fresh, legally

harvested deer or elk head to an area office, where officers will remove the brain stem for testing. Participants will

be eligible for drawings for an oryx hunt on White Sands Missile Range and a trophy elk hunt on the Valle Vidal.

For more information about the drawing and chronic wasting disease, visit the Department web site at

www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/publications/press_releases/documents/0624CWDandcatfish.pdf

SEE MAP ;

http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/disease/cwd/documents/cwdmap.pdf

Greetings list members,


I am deeply concerned with these CWD mad deer so close to the Texas border. WHAT keeps them from crossing the border to Texas ??? IF these illegal aliens can so easily cross our borders, why not these infected deer? maybe we should get these minute men to start watching for mad deer coming in to Texas from New Mexico.

I mentioned my concerns several other times before;


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Current status of CWD testing in Texas
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 09:09:47 -0500
From: "kschwaus"
To:


Mr. Singeltary,


I was asked to provide you with the following information. If you have any other questions regarding CWD sampling in Texas, please do not hesitate to give me a call. My office number is below.


Below I have included a chart showing CWD samples that have been tested since the fall of 2002 through the present at the eco-region level. The second chart shows the totals on a given year. The unknown location samples come from private individuals sending in samples directly to the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL). Due to the confidentiality laws that the TVMDL operates under, they are unable to provide TPWD with the location of those samples.


Region
Population Estimate

Sampling from Fall 2002 to Present

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http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/94685.html




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