East Tennessee Deer Checking Stations Announced For CWD Monitoring

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be setting up deer checking stations at several east Tennessee locations to obtain samples for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.

This Saturday marks the opening day of deer muzzleloader season in Tennessee. This is traditionally one of the most heavily hunted days and usually produces good harvest numbers. The TWRA is targeting this date as well as the opening day of deer gun season (November 23rd) in hopes of obtaining large numbers of samples for its statewide surveillance program to monitor Tennessee’s deer and elk populations for the presence of CWD.
Successful deer hunters will be asked to volunteer their deer’s head for testing and the appropriate tissues will be collected and submitted for testing to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Georgia.

CWD belongs to a class of neurological diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is known to infect white-tailed deer, mule deer, and Rocky Mountain elk. CWD attacks the central nervous system and causes small holes to form in the brains of infected animals and is always fatal. While CWD is similar to scrapie and mad cow disease in cattle, there is no known relationship between CWD and any other TSE of animals and people.

There is no evidence that humans can contract CWD by coming into contact with infected animals or by consuming the meat from infected animals.

The Center for Disease Control has conducted an exhaustive study of CWD and human health risk and has stated: “The risk of infection with the CWD agent among hunters is extremely small, if it exists at all.” Additionally, there is no evidence that deer in Tennessee have CWD at this time. However, because we are still learning about this disease, TWRA recommends that hunters take precautions to limit risks, including the use of latex gloves when field dressing deer.

Go to http://www.tn.gov/twra/pdfs/cwd.pdf for more information about CWD.

TWRA will be present at the following locations for sample collection:

Nov. 9: 

-Adams Taxidermy in Powell
-Hampton Bait and Tackle in Hampton
-Rigsby's Bait and Tackle in Tazewell
-Porter’s Grocery in Baileyton
-Minors in Church Hill
-Rock Hill in Rogersville
-Uncle Dave’s Market in Friendsville
-Bulls Gap Custom Meats in Bulls Gap
-Hwy 52 Stop N Go in Elgin
-Dj’s Pitstop in Huntsville
-Crossroads Country Store in Jonesborough

Nov. 23:

-Adams Taxidermy in Powell
-LaFollette Sport Shop in LaFollette
-Hampton Bait and Tackle in Hampton
-Rigsby's Bait and Tackle in Tazewell
-Joyce’s Taxidermy in Washburn
-Porter’s Grocery in Baileyton
-Buckeyes Custom Meat in Morristown
-Clinch River Market in Sneedville
-Minors in Church Hill
-Rock Hill in Rogersville
-JB’s Market in Lenoir City
-White Star Market in Sevierville


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