CWD study will track deer movement

Discussion in 'Whitetails General' started by rat, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2018/01/31/cwd-study-track-deer-movement/1082227001/

    "Michigan State University and the state Department of Natural Resources are partnering in a deer tracking study, according to a news release, in an effort to assess deer movement and distribution patterns and how they affect the spread of the disease in and around Clinton and Ingham counties."

    Why would they do this? Havent they heard from the internet biologists that any effort to understand/contain CWD movement is futile and should not be undertaken?

    .“We know that that CWD may be spread through direct deer-to-deer contact and by the shedding of CWD proteins, or prions, into the environment," said Dr. Sonja Christensen, postdoctoral research fellow in the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at MSU, in the news release. "By understanding where and why deer are moving across the region, we can better understand the role deer play in moving the disease,”

    Why in the world would we need to understand where and why deer are moving the disease around? This gal doing her post doc sounds like a kook and has not taken the advice of internet biologists that know more about the disease than she does. We all know that doing nothing about it is the answer, get a grip.

    “Understanding how local deer populations change with the presence of CWD and associated management actions will help us measure the effectiveness of disease control actions and anticipate future disease management needs,” said Dr. Dwayne Etter, DNR research specialist.

    Sounds like useless information to collect and a huge waste of time and resources, listen to the experts and do nothing at all for cripes sakes.
     
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  2. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    Isnt this exactly what some were advocating for recently, but were tild it was ignorant and dangerous to trap deer with cwd and then release them?
     
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  3. UrbanHunter

    UrbanHunter Well-Known Member

    I don't see how you read they were releasing deer with CWD?
     
  4. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    If they arent live testing them, how will they know? They would most likely be trapped in groups it seems.
     
  5. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    the article was interesting. I dont get to excited about all this CWD stuff but it seems these Michigan people are putting some positive effort into learning more about it
     
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  6. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    We are trying to understand deer and CWD movement and are being told by some that its futile... that the MDC is acting rogue. But other state agencies are doing the same thing...maybe everyone else is wrong too.
     
  7. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister Senior Hunter

    And we can't spotlight anymore because its "harassing" the deer!
     
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  8. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    you can't track them if you kill them.
     
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  9. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sampling and using an actual reliable test to see how CWD is being vectored along the landscape.
     
  10. 20'

    20' Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2017

    Did the say they were monitoring deer movement or killing tons of non infected deer!
     
  11. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    Sampling? what healthy deer? looking for a sick one. Do you keep killing until you find one. Then after no deer you can say the area is cwd free.

    Scavengers will spread red further than a positive cwd deer.
     
  12. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    dead deer don't move.
     
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  13. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    How do you suggest that they kill only the infected ones?
     
  14. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    How is MDC trying to understand CWD movement?
     
  15. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sampling and testing then plotting positives on a thing called a map.
     
  16. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    Thats not determining how its being vectored. Gps tracking positive deer would tell us how its moving.
     
  17. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    And whats that tell them???
     
  18. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Track the positive deer and then test all the deer it kissed along the way. Cool
     
  19. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Where it has moved
     
  20. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 15, 2009
    Thats the only way you will know. There may not be any correlation to how healthy deer and a sick with a degenerative brain disease moves accross the landscape.