Media is hiding the truth about CWD

Outdoor Patriot Show, 12.13.2012

There’s more to the CWD story than you know, and we have proof on today’s show the media is willingly and knowingly withholding the truth. Special Guest: Bob Zaiglin, Texas Wildlife Model

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Comment on proposed CWD changes for Texas


Exotic Wildlife Association
Membership Alert


Attention All EWA Members


Your Comments Must be Submitted to the Texas Animal Health Commission by Monday, Nov. 26, 2012


RE:  Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Chronic Wasting Disease rule. The below proposed rule change by TAHC was written to meet the requirements for interstate movement of susceptible species of whitetail, mule deer, Sika, Red Deer and moose as set out in the new Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) federal rule. The comment period is open until November 26, 2012.


Below are links to the proposed rules which are now open for public comment at the email format link provided below. There is also a copy of the actual rule proposal and information explaining the rule at the links given below. It is imperative that you make every effort to post your written opinion on these proposed changes as TAHC is depending upon YOUR INPUT prior to their final adoption of these regulations. Please make your comments specific to the rule proposed. Comments may also be mailed to the Commission at the following address:


Comments Texas Animal Health Commission P.O. Box 12966 Austin, Texas 78711-2966




Go to middle of page (“Rules proposed at the September 18, 2012 Commission Meeting”). Click on “Comments” (or on links given below).  Submit your comment in the email format provided, and click on ‘send.’


Rules proposed at the September 18, 2012 Commission meeting

Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – Proposed changes to current CWD requirements and add new ED Declaration of CWD Movement Restriction Zone section View proposal       Comment


Or you may submit comments by fax at (512) 719-0721. Comments need to be received no later than Nov. 26, 2012.


Below are EWA’s recommendations for responses which you may want to submit in your own words.


Specifically proposed:

  • The TAHC rule as proposed requires a hands-on herd inventory of breeder deer every three years. This means that anyone participating in interstate commerce would be required to have their accredited veterinarian or animal health inspector personally inspect each animal contained in their inventory every three years.
    • The Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) recommends that you post your public comments on record as opposing this. (EWA does support annual herd inventory reconciliation.)
  • The TAHC rule as proposed would require that deer breeder permit-holders test 100 percent of all deaths for CWD of animals that are 12 months of age or older. Currently the requirement is 16 months.
    • EWA recommends that you oppose the proposed testing change of animals that are 12 months of age instead of the current 16 months of age. The death loss at 12 months will likely be higher because of natural mortality in this age group (few CWD cases have been found in this age group). Changing the age of testing will create an additional monetary hardship on breeders.
  • The TAHC rule allows wildlife agencies to transport CWD susceptible species across state lines with only approval from the state veterinarian for the state of origin and the state veterinarian of the receiving state. Disease protocol that is required of CWD susceptible cervid producers for interstate commerce does not have to be followed by the wildlife agencies.
    • EWA recommends that you oppose this section of the rule as discriminatory. All Interstate movement of CWD susceptible species should follow the same protocol.


It is important for all of our members to comment even if you are not involved or participate in intrastate commerce because this is setting the stage for the intrastate rule that will come in the next couple of months.


For additional information, contact Charly Seale at:


Thank you for your help on this most important matter.

Charly Seale

Executive Director

Exotic Wildlife Association

EHD hits deer hard

Exotic Wildlife Association
Membership Alert

This year has been an extremely devastating year for whitetail and mule deer, both behind the fence and in the wild, from EHD. Michigan reported more than 13,000 dead deer from EHD and yet the wildlife agencies continue to spread half-truths and out and out lies concerning the devastating effects of Chronic Wasting Disease. The general public who believes everything the wildlife agencies report and really do not know any better, naturally only believe what they have been told.  The cervid industry has done a very poor job educating and getting the true facts to the general public.  CWD has never and will never have the devastating effect on the deer herds that EHD has.  Never has there been a town hall meeting held to calm the public’s fear of EHD; let a case of CWD be found for the first time in a state and some wildlife agencies will do their best to create a panic among the general public. Have the wildlife agencies found this agricultural industry’s Achilles heel, using CWD, to turn the general public against the captive cervid industry? Michigan is only one of many states throughout this country whose deer herds have been decimated this year by EHD.



Michigan DNR cuts antlerless permits in areas hit hard by EHD


Posted on November 9, 2012



An epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD)-infected, deceased deer is removed from a lake in Van Buren County. Residents who find a dead deer that they suspect has died from EHD are asked to call the nearest DNR office and report it.


Most Michigan deer hunters are well aware that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has reared its ugly head at historic levels in Michigan this year. A viral disease that it transmitted by the bite of a fly called a midge, EHD causes deer to die from internal bleeding. It has been found in 30 counties in Michigan this year, mostly in the southern third of the state, though it has been documented in Clare and Osceola counties and is suspected as far north as Presque Isle and Benzie counties. This is the largest, most widespread outbreak of the disease in Michigan history. First described in Michigan in 1955, EHD wasn’t seen again until 1974 and then not again until after the turn of the century. Since 2006, however, it has occurred at some level every year except 2007.


EHD is widespread across the Midwest this year, something that is thought to have been caused by last winter’s unusually mild weather as well as this year’s drought. The tiny flies (about one-tenth of an inch in length) that carry EHD typically breed in mud flats, and this summer’s drought has expanded areas where midges of the genus Culicoides can reproduce. In most years, those mud flats would be underwater.


“Other states around us – Indiana, Illinois and Ohio – have seen this more frequently, and some of them have it from one end of the state to the other,” explained Brent Rudolph, the deer and elk program leader for the Department of Natural Resources. “In Michigan, it’s been mostly restricted to the southern third of the state, though we’ve had a couple of cases that bounced up above the line.”


Rudolph said that states from South Dakota to Kansas have reported more widespread mortality this year than ever before. Deer with EHD suffer from high fevers and head toward water to seek relief. Their bodies are often found in or near ponds, rivers or creeks. EHD tends to be highly localized; in some cases the disease causes large die-offs in part of a township while areas just a few miles away show no sign of the disease.


Often referred to by hunters as “blue tongue” – a similar, though different disease – EHD shows up in the herd in the summer months, after regulations have been developed for the upcoming hunting season.


The DNR has no estimate of total EHD mortality, though it has had more than 13,000 dead deer reported.


Rudolph said that EHD has never caused widespread or long-term impacts to deer populations, though local effects can be significant and can last for a few years.

“Until this year, we’ve never seen enough EHD in Michigan to cause population declines at a broad scale, but the southwestern corner of the state – Cass and St. Joseph counties – has had EHD a couple of years in a row, in 2010 and 2011, and now again this year,” he said.


Because of this trend, DNR Director Keith Creagh today signed an emergency order that decreases antlerless license purchase limits for deer management units (DMUs) where the most EHD-related die-offs have occurred. Director Creagh signed the order at the regular monthly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission.


Effective immediately, the purchase limit for DMU 486 is five private land antlerless deer hunting licenses per hunter. Also effective immediately, the public antlerless license purchase limit per hunter is two for each of the following DMUs: 012 (Branch), 034 (Ionia), 039 (Kalamazoo), 041 (Kent), 044 (Lapeer), 076 (Sanilac), 078 (Shiawassee), 079 (Tuscola) and 080 (Van Buren).


Individuals who purchased antlerless licenses prior to this emergency order are not required to return licenses. This order only applies to antlerless licenses purchased on or after Nov. 8, 2012.


“We’re encouraging hunters to use their best judgment,” Rudolph said. “If a hunter is in an area of an outbreak, backing off – or not taking an antlerless deer at all – is an appropriate thing to do.”


From the information that was received from numerous volunteers, a weekly EHD map has been compiled, which may help aid hunters with their harvest decisions. The map and other EHD information including how hunters can report sighting of deer can be found at (under Current Issues).

ADWA – Myths about CWD

ADWA Announces New Campaign to Dispel Myths on CWD

The American Deer & Wildlife Alliance® (ADWA) is proud to announce plans for a new informational campaign to provide sportsmen with the truth about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and dispel the myths surrounding the disease. The new public service campaign will include PSA ads for print, Internet, billboards, video spots, and a new website —
“In the recent demonization of the deer industry, some hunting organizations and wildlife professionals have intentionally incited fear among hunters about CWD. They have even suggested that a state’s entire deer herd could be wiped out from a massive contagion of CWD,” says ADWA President John Meng. “This type of incendiary rhetoric is blatantly false and is closing down wildlife commerce and ultimately shutting off opportunities for hunters.” [Read More]

Texas Animal Health Commission Modifies Entry Requirements for Cervids

To all EWA members, please take note of the new entry requirements for the importation of Sika and Red Deer into the state of Texas. This is for the interstate movement of these species. The intrastate movement of these two species are not affected at this time but will certainly be addressed in the future.

Charly Seale Executive Director

TAHC Modifies Entry Requirements Effective Immediately for Cervids

AUSTIN -The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced that effective immediately it is has determined that Red deer (Cervus elaphus), and Sika deer (Cervus nippon) are “susceptible species” for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)and thereforemust meet the same entry requirements as other cervid species regulated by the agency such as elk and moose. The new entry rules for Red deer and Sika deer will require they originate from herds with at least five years of participation in a herd certification program from states where CWD has been detected, and at least three years participation in programs from states that have not found CWD thus far.

The agency decision was based in part on the disclosure that a farmed Red deer herd in Minnesota was confirmed positive for CWD in May of this year. Further, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an interim final CWD rule on June 8, which designates Sika deer and Red deer as susceptible species. The USDA rule is intended to establish minimum requirements for interstate movement of deer, elk, moose, and other susceptible cervids, and to also establish a national CWD certification program. [Read More]

CWD – Do we really know what it is??

Chronic Wasting disease (CWD)

About CWD

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion diseasethat affects North American cervids (hoofed ruminant mammals, with males characteristically having antlers). The known natural hosts of CWD are mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. CWD was first identified as a fatal wasting syndrome in captive mule deer in Colorado in the late 1960s and in the wild in 1981. It was recognized as a spongiform encephalopathy in 1978. To date, no strong evidence of CWD transmission to humans has been reported. [Read More]