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Chronic Wasting Disease

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Prevention, Early Detection Control of CWD An Excerpt from Fall 2017 Fair Chase Michael D. Samuel – Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Michael W. Miller – Senior Wildlife Veterinarian, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Chronic...
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An Allied Front An Excerpt from Summer 2017 Fair Chase Matt Dunfee – Program Manager, Wildlife Management Institute Until the late 1990s, most hunters, and even wildlife biologists, had very little awareness of what Chronic Wasting Disease was, and nobody was prepared for the impact it would have...
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Looking Hard—Hardly Looking: Detecting Chronic Wasting Disease An Excerpt from Spring 2017 Fair Chase Michael W. Miller – Senior Wildlife Veterinarian, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife John R. Fischer – B&C Professional Member, Director and Professor, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife...
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An Excerpt from Winter 2016 Fair Chase Michael W. Miller – Senior Wildlife Veterinarian, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife John R. Fischer – B&C Professional Member, Director and Professor, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia The First Five (or More)...
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Effective Date: December 7, 2018 Situational Overview The Boone and Crockett Club, the nation’s oldest hunter-conservationist organization, previously released a position statementregarding its concerns with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Club maintains that CWD poses a significant wildlife...
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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a highly contagious, always-fatal disease that affects cervids such as deer, elk, and moose. It is difficult to detect CWD in live animals because it can take more than two years after infection for an animal to exhibit observable behavioral or physical signs of illness. Additionally, the diagnostic tests currently available are not as accurate when samples from live animals are used, when compared to samples collected after the animal has died or been euthanized. There is no treatment or vaccine for CWD.
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Breeders of captive, native North American cervids, primarily white-tailed deer and elk, raise these animals to sell as breeding stock, as trophy animals for fee-based shooting operations , or to produce meat, semen, velvet, and other saleable parts. The number of farms, ranches and other facilities engaged in this business has been growing rapidly over the past decade, and breeding captive cervids has become a billion-dollar industry in some states. As this industry grows, so do concerns over regulating this industry and the management of captive deer and elk.
MISSOULA, Mont. April 28, 2022 – The Boone and Crockett Club thanks Senators Martin Heinrich and John Hoeven for introducing legislation to authorize federal funding to address chronic wasting disease (CWD) more holistically. The CWD Research and Management Act introduced today is a companion bill to H.R. 5608 that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with an overwhelming vote of 393-33 in early December last year. The bill authorizes $35 million each to research and management efforts and requires 75% of the management funding be directed to state and tribal wildlife agencies. If enacted, the bill will lay the groundwork to provide additional resources to states and tribes to proactively address CWD outbreaks and to manage this always-fatal disease of deer, elk, and moose.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (October 20, 2021) – The Boone and Crockett Club thanks Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and GT Thompson (R-PA-15) for yesterday’s introduction of legislation to authorize federal funding to address chronic wasting disease (CWD) more holistically. H.R. 5608 authorizes $35 million each to research and management efforts and requires 75% of the management funding be directed to state and tribal wildlife agencies.
By David Hewitt, B&C Professional Member Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a malady of the deer family. This disease is caused by a natural protein in the deer’s body called a prion. Prion proteins can misfold, giving the protein a different conformation that makes it resistant to being broken...
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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) may define the legacy of our generation to conservation. The occurrence of CWD and its continuing spread challenges the foundations of wildlife conservation, both in the short term and perhaps more significantly in the longer term. B&C considers CWD research a major part of our current commitment to conservation.
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An Excerpt from Summer 2018 Fair Chase David Hewitt, Charlie DeYoung, Randy DeYoung, Bill Eikenhorst, F. Butch Weckerly, Matthew Wagner, Ivan Castro-Arellano Download complete article. The prominence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the media waxes as new cases are discovered and wanes as the...
Chronic wasting disease, an infectious prion disease of at least five cervid species, has run the gamut from minor scientific curiosity to national crisis since the syndrome’s first recognition in the late 1960s. Moving forward, we believe this wildlife disease merits attention somewhere between...
Boone and Crockett Club Helps Form Alliance In 2001, the Boone and Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Mule Deer Foundation formed a partnership alliance to address chronic wasting disease (CWD). The organizations agreed to pool resources and collaborate on ways to positively address...
The Boone and Crockett Club today affirmed its commitment to fighting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) by supporting recently introduced House legislation HR 837 . Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA) has introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act (HR 837) in the House. If...
The Boone and Crockett Club today announced that it has released a new position statement on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The position affirms the best way to prevent CWD introduction and establishment is to prohibit all human-assisted live cervid movements. "The Club has been closely involved...
The Boone and Crockett Club Board of Directors recently approved a second year of research funding targeted at finding answers to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Club and other organizations have been concerned about CWD for quite some time. Together with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation...
The Boone and Crockett Club today applauded a recent Missouri Supreme Court and their decision that captive deer and elk are to fall under the regulatory authority of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The decision overturns an earlier lower court decision in 2015 that blocked the MDC...
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...

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