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Tuesday, November 3 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Managing Field Sample Collection Activities to Detect Presence and Prevalence Rate of Chronic Wasting Disease in White-tailed Deer in North Missouri

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Chad N. Smith, Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has been testing for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state since 2002 and has collected more than 43,000 samples. The first case of CWD in Missouri was detected in a captive white-tailed deer in February of 2010 in Linn County. Since that time, MDC has conducted intensive targeted sampling near the location of CWD positive captive and free-ranging deer. Over the last five years, in the vicinity of detected positive cases, MDC has worked cooperatively with hunters, landowners, businesses and citizens to determine prevalence and distribution of the disease. MDC has invested significant staff time and resources in collecting samples during fall hunting seasons. MDC has also coordinated additional post-hunting season sampling efforts. All of these sampling efforts have impacted the work loads and priorities of many MDC staff with the greatest impact being on staff whose duty assignments are closest to the locations where the disease has been detected. These staff are responsible for leading on-the-ground sample collection activities. In total, nearly 550 MDC staff have logged more than 67,000 hours at an estimated cost of 1.2 million dollars since confirmation of the first positive in February of 2010. CWD sample collection and disease detection requires a multifaceted approach. During the firearms deer hunting season, MDC staff collect samples in the field from hunter-harvested deer and from deer brought to commercial meat processors. In addition, taxidermists are contracted to collect and submit samples to the MDC Wildlife Health Unit. After the close of Missouri’s deer hunting seasons, MDC staff and cooperating landowners conduct targeted culling of deer in areas near confirmed positive CWD cases and collect additional samples. MDC has also focused on educating the public about CWD. These outreach efforts are critical and have included one-on-one contacts, numerous public meetings, media campaigns, billboards and many other activities. Monitoring CWD in Missouri has been and will continue to be a significant commitment of staff time and resources.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 4:20pm - 4:40pm EST
Ballroom Salon A

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