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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (216-119-143-42.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Did CWD Jump the Fence?
Date: December 14, 2004 at 1:19 pm PST

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Subject: Did CWD Jump the Fence?
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 15:00:52 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Did CWD Jump the Fence?
National Institutes of Health researcher suspects escapee whitetails
carried CWD into the wild.
by Hal Herring

Few people were aware that over the past five years at least 671
whitetails escaped from deer farms in Wisconsinuntil the state
Department of Natural Resources released an audit in March.

The deer were leaping storm-damaged fences or wandering through gates
left open. In two instances, farmers simply released their captive
whitetails into the wild.

Sixty-five percent of those farm deer were never caught.

According to Dr. Bruce Cheseboro, a chronic wasting disease researcher
with the National Institutes of Health, theres a good chance that
Wisconsin game wardens have uncovered the source of CWD in the wild in
that state. Given these reports of escapes and releases of game-farm
deer, and given the findings of CWD-infected animals on Wisconsin game
farms, it is highly likely these game-farm animals are the source of CWD
in wild deer, says Cheseboro.

Before issuing the report, game wardens conducted a four-month audit of
550 licensed game farms across the state between September and December
of 2002. Among their findings:

# One farmer lost an unknown number of deer from his CWD-infected captive
herd. Wardens shot one of the escapees in nearby woods and found it to
be infected. The other deer from this herd have never been recovered.
# Several farmers described the escape of captive elk and other deer
species that were never recovered.
# Two farmers admitted to wardens that they had simply released all their
stock into the wild.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/columnists/conservation/article/0,13199,460724,00.html

TSS

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