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From: TSS ()
Subject: HUNTERS ASKED TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE NM
Date: July 22, 2005 at 2:45 pm PST

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004

dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 22, 2005:

HUNTERS ASKED TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

SANTA FE – The discovery of chronic wasting disease in a mule deer in the Sacramento Mountains in June has

prompted the Department of Game and Fish to require deer and elk hunters observe restrictions regarding the

handling of animals harvested in some areas of southern New Mexico.

Beginning with the 2005-2006 seasons, hunters will be allowed to remove only boned meat, hides, teeth and

decontaminated skullcaps from Big Game Management Unit 34, an approximately 2,000-square-mile area east of

Alamogordo and south of Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache Reservation. The restrictions were activated as a

precaution against spreading chronic wasting disease (CWD), which previously had been found only in Unit 19 in

or near the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces. Similar restrictions may be required in portions of Units 29 and

30, which border Unit 34.

There currently is no evidence of CWD being transmitted to humans or livestock. The disease is fatal to deer and

elk, causing the animals to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior and lose control of bodily functions.

The origin of CWD in New Mexico is unknown. The disease has been found in 12 wild deer in New Mexico since

2002, when it first was discovered at the main headquarters housing area of White Sands Missile Range east of

Las Cruces. To date, no CWD-infected elk have been found in New Mexico, although the disease has been found

in wild and captive deer and elk in eight states and two Canadian provinces.

Hunters in Unit 34 and its bordering units, Unit 29 to the south and Unit 30 to the southeast, will be asked to assist

the Department’s CWD surveillance and research by providing the fresh heads of harvested animals for testing.

The Department wants to take tissue samples from every deer and every elk killed in Unit 34 for CWD testing.

The agency also wants to increase its testing of deer killed in Units 29 and 30. Approximately 9,000 hunters who

were successful in drawings for permits in the three units will receive more instructions with their permits. Deer

hunters who hunt on private land can find written instructions when they purchase their licenses.

Department check stations will be located throughout the affected units to assist hunters, collect and test animal

heads and ensure hunters are complying with restrictions on removing animal parts from the field.

Decontamination solutions will be provided at the check stations and trained personnel will help hunters soak their

legally harvested skullcaps so they can be removed from Unit 34. The Department requires fleshed skullcaps to

be soaked in a 50-50 solution of bleach and water for 30 minutes to decontaminate the parts.

For more information about chronic wasting disease and how hunters can assist in research and prevention

efforts, visit the Department web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. More information about chronic wasting disease

also can be found on the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance web site at www.cwd-info.org/.

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http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/documents/7-22_CWDrules.pdf

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE, CERVIDS - USA (NEW MEXICO)
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Date: 24 Jun 2005
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
Source: New Mexico Wildlife News, Mon, 27 Jun 2005 [edited]


2 Mule Deer Test Positive For Chronic Wasting Disease
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2 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.

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

See map:

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ProMED-mail

[Members are strongly encouraged to view the NM CWD map at the URL
below. In 2004 they tested 997 deer, each shown. These recent deer
are clustered with the others just to the east of Las Cruces in
southern New Mexico. The absence of cases elsewhere in the state at
this level of surveillance increases one's confidence in the reality
of this specific high-risk area. The origin of their infection is
still obscure.

The New Mexico CWD website is:


Unfortunately, other than their admirable map, they have not been
updated since 14 Jun 2004.

The site being close to Texas and to Mexico has spawned speculation,
but as yet without foundation. In the past 3 years Texas has tested
some 9103 deer out of a target population estimate of 3 917 926, all
negative. For details of the Texas Chronic Wasting Management Plan,
go to:

or the Texas Animal Health Commission CWD website:

- Mod.MHJ]

[see also:
2003
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Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (NM) (02) 20030217.0414
Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (NM) 20030207.0328
2002
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Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (New Mexico) (02) 20020620.4548
Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (New Mexico) 20020619.4535]
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