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Tuesday, November 3 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Evaluating How We Asses CWD Risk in North Carolina: From Large Scale Field Sampling to Out-of-state Hunting

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Maria Baron Palamar, Allison Nolker -North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

In North Carolina we have been CWD testing free ranging and clinical cervids since 1999. In 2002 and 2004 the NCWRC implemented a CWD surveillance strategy around captive cervid facilities considered the primary risk for disease introduction to our wild deer. In 2003-2004 the first state-wide CWD surveillance effort was implemented, to be repeated every 5 years. By 2008-2009 this effort was duplicated, yielding 1,488 samples. Finally, in 2013-2014, our largest effort ever, 3,887 samples from across the State were tested. Intensive surveillance increases confidence the disease does not currently occur, and/or shortens the duration of time before disease first detection. A large sampling effort with negative results can also be the source of a false sense of security in a State with high deer densities, presenting challenges for biologists to explain a “not detected” result to the public and policy makers in a time of regulatory uncertainty. Nevertheless, large sampling efforts provide educational opportunities for field staff, the public and cooperating hunters, generating a knowledge trickling effect and a sense of ownership. Another poorly studied, possible source of CWD is the ingression of high risk cervid parts collected by out-of-state hunters. Lack of inter-state communication and data sharing, as well as regulation variability amongst States, only exacerbate the risk. Results from a newly developed survey to be delivered to natural resources agencies across the U.S. and one specific to taxidermists in NC, will allow us to better understand our out-of-state hunting population and minimize the risk of CWD introduction.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm EST
OFFSITE: Asheville Community Theatre

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