WELCOME to USP’S CWD INFORMATION

USP along with several other sportsmen clubs have combined efforts with the North American CWD and Human Health Project (Project NOAHH) to find a cure for Chronic Wasting Disease.   We hope to develop a hunter test kit that hunters can use immediately after harvesting a deer or elk to ensure the animal is safe to eat and not infected.   Other research is planned to develop human and live animal test kits along with vaccines.

Members of USP should be proud of the fact we are attempting to find a CWD cure, to save our deer and elk herds, to protect hunters and their families from CWD infection, and to preserve our hunting tradition.  Unfortunately, it has been challenging in dealing with opposing factions that have been unable to find a solution to the growing crisis after a half-century of failed research and management — circumstances that have caused unanticipated delays to our research.


2022 Occurrence of CWD in Pennsylvania

By John Eveland

 

For over a half-century, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has continued to spread across North America without resistance. It now occurs in 30 states and 4 provinces. In Pennsylvania, CWD was first identified in southcentral counties in 2012, and since then has been spreading unabated outward from this epicenter wherein 2021 the Pennsylvania Game Commission claimed that 14% of the deer were infected – 1 in 7 deer.  According to the PGC, an infection rate of over 5% results in an exponential spread of the disease, and  CWD is now escalating without control across the Commonwealth.

 

Annual maps are compiled by the PGC from testing thousands of deer harvested during the previous year.  At this time, only dead animals can be tested for CWD because no live-animal test has been developed. Tests are based on the presence of prions – misfolded proteins that do not appear until 12-24 months following infection.   However, our Project NOAHH researchers have discovered that CWD is not caused by a prion, but instead by a previously undiscovered species of bacteria. Prions are simply by-products of the underlying bacterial infection – markers for the disease.  Therefore, resulting is a 12-24-month incubation period following initial bacterial infection until prions manifest in the diseased animal.  This disease process indicates that when the annual maps are released, CWD has already spread the equivalent of two years into the future.  In other words, this April 2022 CWD map (see below) is not an accurate representation of the location of CWD as of April 2022, but, instead, a better depiction of the occurrence of CWD in Pennsylvania as of 2020.  There is, therefore, a two-year lag time in CWD maps.  This will continue until an instant test is available for the real bacterial cause of CWD.

 

Since printing last year’s July 2021 map, by April 2022 a new 460-square-mile CWD outbreak was identified in Lycoming, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, and Sullivan Counties. In Lancaster County, CWD now extends southward to the Maryland border and has expanded along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River through Snyder County to Lewisburg and westward. Extending northward from the main disease management area, it now has spread from Centre County to Clearfield and has reached the border of New York State. The disease now occurs within the Pennsylvania elk range. CWD has now crossed the Susquehanna River and is spreading into the Northeast; eastward into the Poconos and Allentown area; northward from Centre and Clearfield Counties into the northcentral region; northwestward toward Erie; and into Westmoreland County toward Pittsburgh. Again remember, currently CWD has spread the equivalent of two years beyond the counties listed in the following map.  It is predicted that CWD will occur in every county within the decade.

Above is a view of the latest PGC map

 


CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IS AN

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE

!!! PLEASE HELP !!!

Please help with a cure for CWD, and save our deer and elk herd. Please become a member of Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania and help work at finding a cure for this disease before it’s too late.

PGC & DCNR are hiring sharpshooters, eliminating the deer herd by culling is not the answer, finding a cure is. Join USP in the fight to save the deer herd.

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