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Thursday, August 21, 2014


Game Commission to host Aug. 28 meeting in DuBois.

Those who want to learn more about chronic wasting disease, and the rules that apply within areas of the state where the disease has been detected, can attend a public meeting to be held next week in DuBois, Clearfield County.

The meeting, to be hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and held Thursday, Aug. 28 in the auditorium at DuBois Area Senior High School, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. The high school is located at 425 Orient Ave. in DuBois. Doors will open at about 5 p.m.

DuBois, as well as portions of Punxsutawney and Brookville, lie within Disease Management Area 3 (DMA 3), established by the Game Commission in May after chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected at a captive deer facility in Jefferson County.

As its name implies, DMA 3 is Pennsylvania’s third DMA, each of which was established in response to CWD being detected in either captive or free-ranging deer. DMA 3 encompasses about 350 square miles in Jefferson and Clearfield counties. Maps of all DMAs, and detailed descriptions of their borders, are available at the Game Commission’s website,

Because DMA 3 was established just recently, maps and border descriptions are not included in the 2014-15 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is issued to hunters at the time they purchase their licenses.

Hunters and residents within DMAs need to be aware of special rules aimed at slowing the spread of CWD.

Deer parts with the highest risk of transmitting CWD – namely, the head and backbone – may not be transported outside a DMA, except by special exception. The intentional feeding of deer and the use of urine-based deer attractants are among other activities prohibited within DMAs.

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A complete list of DMA rules, and other CWD information including a definition of all high-risk parts, also is available at the Game Commission’s website.

Game Commission staff also will be on hand at the Aug. 28 meeting to answer questions.

Immediately following the public meeting, a meeting will be held for deer processors and taxidermists who operate within or near DMA 3’s borders.

First identified in 1967, CWD affects members of the cervid family, including all species of deer, elk and moose. There’s no scientific evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans or traditional livestock, but it is always fatal to the cervids it infects.

There currently is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine. Clinical signs include poor posture, lowered head and ears, uncoordinated movement, rough-hair coat, weight loss, increased thirst, excessive drooling, and, ultimately, death.

Those encountering deer they suspect are CWD-positive are asked to call their nearest Game Commission region office to report them.


Anonymous said...

So it's mad cow disease for deer than.

Scary stuff, if you don't know what prions are, they're basically messed up proteins that can act like a virus. You can't kill them with radiation, disinfectant or really anything else. (they can survive in a vacuum or even an incinerator)

"There’s no scientific evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans or traditional livestock, but it is always fatal to the cervids it infects."

I don't want to be a scare-monger, but this was my concern when I first heard of this stuff and my lesser scientific neighbors say "bah, i'm still eating venison"

No one really knows what can happen when you eat an infected deer.
Remember, with mad cow it can be 20 or 30 years after consuming infected beef before your brain just get's obliterated in the most horrible way. You can't test for it, it just happens.

I don't know about the rest of you, but venison is off the menu in this house until scientists can provide some actual evidence that we aren't just ignoring a potential disaster here to protect the hunting industry.

Anonymous said...

The above poster is correct & prudent. For those of you that trust your government to tell you the truth, have at it & best of luck.

The Intriguing Connections Between Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow, and Chronic Wasting Disease

The key player here is an infectious protein called TDP-43. This protein has already been linked to a number of animal and human diseases, including:
•Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease)
•Mad Cow disease
•Chronic wasting disease, a transmissible neurological disease in deer and elk

Researchers have found that this protein may also play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease,3 as it is correlated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, thereby causing memory loss.

By examining the autopsied brains of more than 340 Alzheimer’s patients, the researchers found that TDP-43 was present in nearly 200 of them. As reported by

“The study is unlike some others because it looked at two types of patients who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's after death -- those who showed symptoms in life and those who didn't.

Abnormal levels of TDP-43 were found in those who had the disease and were significantly affected by it... [T]he investigators found that those with abnormal levels of TDP-43 were 10 times more likely to have thinking problems such as memory loss at death than the other patients.

How could people have signs of Alzheimer's, but not have symptoms? That's not clear... But, maybe people who have [beta-amyloid] plaques and [tau] tangles don't develop symptoms unless they also have TDP-43, the researchers hypothesized.” [Emphasis mine

Anonymous said...

What is causing cwd? I heard madcow started from feeding cows with feed that contained other animal matter... Cwd started in confined deer that were fed manmade feed also...Now they are allowing human matter in our food supply...Nobody can tell me those monsters DO NOT know what they are doing...It is so sad they are deliberatly causing such HARM and PAIN to humans and animals...