Chronic Wasting Disease found in Iowa wild deer

Iowa’s Radio News Network

 April 9, 2014 By Pat Curtis

Chronic Wasting Disease has been detected for the first time in a wild deer in Iowa. The animal which tested positive was shot by a hunter in northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County back in early December.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins says his agency just recently learned the deer tested positive for CWD. Baskins says obtaining the results took a long time as labs that do the testing are processing samples from across the country.

CWD is a neurological disease affecting primarily deer and elk. It’s fatal for the animals, but there is currently no evidence that humans can contract CWD by eating venison.

Baskins notes they’ve only found one deer with the disease and it was shot along the Mississippi River. Across the river, in Wisconsin, is an area where CWD has been common. “So, it really wasn’t that far away from us to begin with,” Baskins says. “I guess if we were going to find it in Iowa, that would be a location that we would not be as surprised about because of the proximity in Wisconsin to CWD.”

The disease is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion that attacks the brains of infected animals. Baskins says the challenge in controlling the spread of CWD surrounds the fact that prions can get in the soil and remain there for a long time. “So, obviously, the more understanding we have as to what area may have infected deer allows us to decide what is going to be the best course of action down the road for hopefully containing it and limiting the exposure as much as possible in that white-tailed deer population,” Baskins says.

The DNR has been testing for CWD in Iowa’s deer herd for more than a decade. This is the first positive CWD detection in a wild deer in Iowa. It’s previously been detected in every state bordering Iowa.

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No Joke: Physical Separation Key to Stopping Carp

Jumping Asian Carp


  by greatlakesoutdoors


Permanent Solution to Invasive Species Crisis Needs to Remain Priority for Army Corps, States and Congress

Only viable solution is to physically separate Great Lakes, Mississippi River basins

Chicago – Conservation groups are urging the Obama Administration and U.S. Congress to maintain their focus on a permanent, long-term solution to an invasive species crisis that is putting communities, businesses, and industry at risk. The groups submitted comments yesterday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the agency’s congressionally mandated study outlining ways to prevent the transfer of invasive organisms between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Waterways in Chicago, built more than 100 years ago, artificially connect the two water bodies, opening both to destruction from aquatic invasive species like Asian carp. Continue reading

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Game Farm, CWD Concerns Rise at Boone and Crockett Club

Friday, March 28, 2014

Concerned about captive deer operations transmitting diseases to wild herds, the Boone and Crockett Club now officially supports state bans on commercial import and export of deer or elk. The Club also opposes efforts to relax regulation of captive cervid breeding operations or to remove management authority over such operations from state wildlife agencies. Continue reading

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Honey Production Down as Problems Continue to Plague Bees

By Kaven Baker-Voakes | February 19, 2014

 The future of Canada’s honey production is continuing to be examined by the Senate’s agricultural committee following massive bee deaths in Ontario and Quebec thought to be tied to the use of the pesticide neonicotinoid. 

“The acute incidences of honeybee mortality in Quebec and Ontario continues to concern scientists, beekeepers, farmers, and regulatory bodies alike,” Mark Wales, a board member of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, told senators.

“But it is important to remember that the continued issue of honeybee health, and pollinator health in general, is an issue from coast to coast, since so much of agriculture is dependent on bees and pollinators.”  Continue reading

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Long brutal winter starving waterfowl

Canada geese photo 2-26-14

By: Robert Alison Posted: 02/26/2014  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  BARRIE, Ont. 

The brutal and seemingly never-ending winter of 2014 has already taken a substantial avian toll in parts of central and eastern Canada. With yet another polar vortex poised to strike, the situation looks dire for many species of birds. Continue reading

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