CWD found in captive South Dakota elk

PIERRE, S.D. – Chronic wasting disease has been identified in a captive elk in Clark County, S.D., the South Dakota Animal Industry Board said in a recent news release. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says the owner of the 21-month-old female elk noticed the animal was ill and contacted his veterinarian, who submitted samples to the Animal Disease Research and…

DATCP chief non-committal on taking over deer farm fencing

MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection isn’t saying whether he thinks his agency should take over regulating deer farm fencing from wildlife officials. Deer farm fencing has become a hot outdoors topic as the state grapples with chronic wasting disease. According to DATCP, 26 farms have had an infected deer since 2001. DATCP currently…

Minnesota lawmaker seeks tougher action against deer disease

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn is sponsoring several bills that target deer farms to try to stop the disease from spreading from captive to wild deer. Another would give the University of Minnesota $1.8 million to develop faster and more sensitive diagnostic tests that farms and regulators could use on live deer and hunters could use to make sure their venison is safe to eat.