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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: CWD Oklahoma ? Over 25 Dead Elk Spark Wildlife Investigation
Date: April 16, 2005 at 2:06 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: CWD Oklahoma ? Over 25 Dead Elk Spark Wildlife Investigation posted by TSS on April 9, 2005 at 5:28 pm:

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Found In Dead Elk

By Monica Keen, Staff Writer

Friday, April 15, 2005 4:27 PM CDT

An investigation spurred by the finding of over 25 dead farmed-elk south
of Muldrow last week reveals that the elk do not have a neurological
illness that affects deer and elk.

Jack Carson, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture,
said Friday morning that they received the results of the tissue testing
Thursday evening and they were negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD is a degenerative neurological illness affecting only farmed and
wild elk and deer in North America. It can cause various problems such
as staggering and emaciation. Carson noted last week that there is no
evidence CWD has any impact on human health.

Carson said the elks' cause of death has not yet been determined. As of
press time, Carson was meeting with veterinarians, whom he hoped would
tell him the cause of death.

"My experience has been, often times, it's just an undetermined cause,"
Carson said.

The investigation was prompted by complaints from concerned citizens to
law enforcement about dead elk that could be seen from the road.

A search warrant was served last week to investigate the dead elk.
Officers and agents with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, and the Sequoyah
County Sheriff's Office were involved in the investigation.

One of the concerns of the dead elk finding was CWD, which the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture tested for in that herd.

Wildlife officials said last week and that Oklahoma has no documentation
of any CWD, and the finding of CWD would be a detriment to wildlife and
the state.

The testing of the tissue samples taken from the dead elk was done by a
USDA lab.

Carson speculated last week that the dead elk could be linked to a
parasite problem or they could have been aged animals.


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