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Excerpts from state wildlife agency comments on proposed
updates to
USDA/APHIS Chronic Wasting Disease program

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Available online in multiple formats:

Full MHFFC Comment: bit.ly/mhffc_comment


19 state wildlife agencies and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recently submitted comments regarding proposed changes to the USDA/APHIS CWD Program.  Below are excerpts from those comments.  Full comments from each agency are available online via the link found below the agency name.

These agencies represent the public interest in healthy wildlife, and responded with the input of their trained professionals — the soldiers on the front line of the battle to protect wild cervids like deer and elk from CWD.

The excerpts show clear frustration with the lack of federal will to turn this dangerously failing program around.  The USDA has not proposed the hard changes needed.  Instead the USDA has prioritized short-term industry interest over disease eradication — an unjustifiable break with other USDA disease programs and a violation of the public trust.

 

The cost of managing CWD in wild deer is borne by these publicly funded state agencies.  The count of CWD states is 25 and growing.  Currently nearly half of US taxpayers live in a CWD state. The costs are massive and will rise as CWD spreads — an urgent matter of clear public interest.

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Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (an NGO representing North America's fish and wildlife agencies):

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0266&attachmentNumber=1)



Arkansas Game and Fish Commission:

         (regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0278&attachmentNumber=1)


Arizona Game and Fish Department:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0191&attachmentNumber=1)


California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0161&attachmentNumber=1)


Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Div / Dept. of Ag - Animal Industry Div: (Joint Statement)

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0181&attachmentNumber=1)



Idaho Department of Fish and Game:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0345&attachmentNumber=1)


Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0154&attachmentNumber=1)


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0146&attachmentNumber=1)


Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0263&attachmentNumber=1)


Missouri Department of Conservation:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0155&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf)


North Dakota Game and Fish Department:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0241&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf)


New Hampshire Fish and Game Department:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0153&attachmentNumber=1)


New York Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Wildlife:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0172&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf)


Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0339&attachmentNumber=1)


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:

        (regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0343&attachmentNumber=1)


Pennsylvania Game Commission:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0245&attachmentNumber=1)


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0247&attachmentNumber=1)


Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0347&attachmentNumber=1)


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0173&attachmentNumber=1)


West Virginia Division of Natural Resources:

(regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=APHIS-2018-0011-0152&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf)


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These excerpts were taken from the comments submitted by all 19  state wildlife agencies that responded to the USDA/APHIS CWD Program comment period.  All state wildlife agencies are members of  the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).


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