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From: TSS ()
Subject: Five Additional Deer Test POSITIVE for CWD In Hampshire County, WV
Date: December 18, 2007 at 9:57 am PST

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: December 17, 2007

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-2003 ext. 365

Contact: Paul Johansen, Wildlife Resources Section (304) 558-2771

Five Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease In Hampshire
County, West Virginia

Preliminary test results have detected the Chronic Wasting
Disease (CWD) agent in five hunter-harvested deer collected in Hampshire
County during the 2007 deer firearms hunting season. “As part of our agency
’s ongoing and intensive CWD surveillance effort, samples were collected
from 1,285 hunter-harvested deer brought to game checking stations in
Hampshire County,” noted Frank Jezioro, Director for the West Virginia
Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The five CWD positive deer included
one 2.5 year-old doe, two 2.5 year-old bucks, one 3.5 year-old buck, and one
4.5 year-old buck. Four of the five deer were harvested within the
Hampshire County CWD Containment Area (i.e., that portion of Hampshire
County located North of U.S. Route 50). The fifth deer was also harvested
in Hampshire County, but it was killed outside the CWD Containment Area near
Yellow Springs, West Virginia.

CWD has now been detected in a total of 19 deer in Hampshire
County (i.e., one road-killed deer confirmed in 2005, four deer collected by
the DNR in 2005, five deer collected by the DNR in 2006, one hunter-harvest
deer taken during the 2006 deer season, three deer collected by the DNR in
2007 and five hunter-harvested deer taken during the 2007 deer season).
Operating within guidelines established by its CWD – Incident Response Plan,
the DNR has taken the steps necessary to implement appropriate management
actions designed to control the spread of this disease, prevent further
introduction of the disease, and possibly eliminate the disease from the

The following disease management actions have been implemented
by the DNR within Hampshire County.

· Continue CWD surveillance efforts designed to determine the
prevalence and distribution of the disease.

· Lower deer population level to reduce the risk of spreading the
disease from deer to deer by implementing appropriate antlerless deer
hunting regulations designed to increase hunter opportunity to harvest
female deer;

· Establish reasonable, responsible and appropriate deer carcass
transport restrictions designed to lower the risk of moving the disease to
other locations;

· Establish reasonable, responsible and appropriate regulations
relating to the feeding and baiting of deer within the affected area to
reduce the risk of spreading of the disease from deer to deer.

“Landowner and hunter cooperation throughout this entire CWD
surveillance effort in Hampshire County has been fantastic,” Jezioro noted.
“As we strive to meet this wildlife disease challenge and implement
appropriate management strategies, the continued support and involvement of
landowners and hunters will be essential. The DNR remains committed to
keeping the public informed and involved in these wildlife disease
management actions.”

CWD is a neurological disease found in deer and elk, and it
belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies. The disease is thought to be caused by abnormal,
proteinaceous particles called prions that slowly attack the brain of
infected deer and elk, causing the animals to progressively become
emaciated, display abnormal behavior and invariably results in the death of
the infected animal. There is no known treatment for CWD, and it is fatal
for the infected deer or elk. It is important to note that currently there
is no evidence to suggest CWD poses a risk for humans or domestic animals.

“Our well trained and professional wildlife biologists, wildlife
managers and conservation officers are working diligently to fully implement
the DNR’s CWD – Incident Response Plan, which is designed to effectively
address this wildlife disease threat,” said Jezioro. “Hunters, landowners
and other members of the public should feel confident that we have some of
the best wildlife biologists and veterinarians in the world, including those
stationed at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens,
Georgia, working collaboratively on this situation.”



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