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Discussion in 'Whitetails General' started by Stan The Man, Feb 8, 2018.
Southeast Wayne county puts it just NW of the Heartland region.
Henry can confirm, but I believe there was an pen operation in IA that had a bunch of positive cwd deer..
IA had it previously in the NE part of the state. This is first confirmed case outside of that area.
Brakkes had 3 different farms with positives. One pen had 79% positives.
79 Percent, just let that number sink in, 8 out of every 10 deer roughly..... And yet, some people are still in denial that deer pens are an issue when it comes to cwd.....
These same people, are also not very bright.
article from 2014 about the Brakke farm CWD findings.
An Iowa deer breeding facility has become a hotbed for Chronic Wasting Disease.
Last Thursday, Iowa animal health officials released the CWD test results conducted on an Iowa breeding operation. The results show that the vast majority of deer at the facility became infected with the fatal malady that affects deer, elk and moose.
Of the 356 deer killed on the farm, 284 tested positive for CWD. That’s a nearly 80 percent infection rate, which hasn’t been since 2006. Deer must be killed to be tested for CWD because there is no approved live-animal test for the disease.
According to the Indy Star, the owners of the farm, Tom and Rhonda Brakke, found their first infected deer in 2012 on a hunting ranch they also own. That same year, the family reportedly opted out of voluntary CWD testing for the animals in their stock. In Iowa, all deer killed on hunting preserves must be tested for CWD.
Tom Brakke said his hunting ranch operation killed 230 deer before the tests conducted this summer on his stock. Of those deer, only two infected deer were found.
The Brakkes spent two years in court fighting for the right to sell deer from their breeding operation to hunts, or to get a $1.46 million payout from taxpayers for their losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to pay the Brakkes $917,000 for their losses. Tom Brakkes claims his stock is worth $2 million.
The state of Iowa decided to quarantine the Brakke’s breeding operation, fearing the disease might spread if the animals had moved. The family will have to keep an eight-foot-high fence around their property for at least five years.
The last time there was a CWD infection rate this bad was in 2006 on a breeding operation in Wisconsin. 80 percent of the 76 deer tested there were positive for CWD. It was so bad that state wildlife officials bought the property from the owner and permanently quarantined it.
There’s not conclusive evidence to suggest CWD can affect humans. The Center for Disease Control claims more studies are needed to determine if the disease can pass from animals from humans. One thing is for certain: CWD presents a serious threat to deer, elk and moose populations, and as such, it should be monitored and contained as much as possible.
Love this..."That same year, the family reportedly opted out of voluntary CWD testing for the animals in their stock. In Iowa, all deer killed on hunting preserves must be tested for CWD. "
Precisely why someone like MDC should be managing deer in MO.
This operation is exactly the sort of thing that should be disbanded. And, why do taxpayers have to pay them for their deer???? They went into busines, there are risks with business, they lost.... Tough beans. But no, everyone wants a bailout for their mistakes these days.
One other comment, I wonder if this place informed their penned deer shooting clients, that they were shooting cwd infected deer, and if not did any of them eat the meat? These people appear to have been criminally negligent, and should be owed nothing.
Nah. Just had them debone the meat and pitch the brain and spinal cord...
It was so bad that state wildlife officials bought the property from the owner and permanently quarantined it.
good for Iowa for buying it rather than allowing the operation to REOPEN!!! Idiots at the MDC!
Does anyone else find it disturbing the MDC would reopen/reissue the Heartland pen operational abilities?
I know that happened in WI, didn't know they did that in IA.
Except for those pesky laws and rights... they always get in the way!!!!
no one has the right to threaten the existence of a natural resource, no matter what the law says!!!!
No need to worry , very few hunters actually eat their deer
I always forget about that.... hahahaha
In this case, this places carelessness has trampled the rights of everyone else in the state, and around it as well. You want to side with these sleezeballs it's up to you, but I'd think most people who actually care about our wild deer herd will not be on your side on this one..... Is this the ranch you killed your buck on?
What law did they violate?