I would like to know what and when the politicians such as you will come out and speak on why you are letting Chronic Wasting Disease “CWD” get a foothold in Missouri.
Approximate 270 deer farms and ranches in Missouri are putting at risk 1.3 million deer in Missouri, 500,000 hunters at risk and more than $690 million directly related to deer hunting in Missouri each year. Deer hunting in Missouri annually generates more than $1 billion of overall business activity and supports more than 11,000 jobs.
But I am sure we have money to spare!!!
I don’t think you want to see in the Headlines the total Eradication of Missouri Elk after 150 years of trying to get them back that just been re-introduced because of outbreak of CWD.
I don’t think you want to see in the Headlines the total Eradication of Missouri Areas of Whitetail Deer since one of Missouri Great Success Stories of restoring deer population since 1937 because of outbreak of CWD.
CWD found in two free-ranging deer from Macon County
Two positive results for Chronic Wasting Disease are first for free-ranging deer in Missouri.
I say in this case where there is smoke there is fire. Someone trying to sell out has little reason to care. Just think when they are done with the USDA they could donate the land to the MDC get a big tax credit and the Missouri would end up with a high fence mess. This has already happen in another state.
There has been a ranch in my area of the state for 20 years and it has 8 foot fence and albino deer have got out of it and that is why we have so many albino deer in this area.
You can't tell me deer one side of the fence doesn’t come nose to nose with wild deer on the other side throughout the year.
I viewed 116 deer on my 81 acres this year hunting, 30 yards from my property line a deer farmer, that has no grass inside the pen has 20 to 30 head of deer in a 8 foot single fence.
So this is a real issue. By the way his property is connecting to 9000 acres of Missouri Conservation Area and another 10,000 acres just down the road.
They can't even selectively test for CWD near deer farms or ranches because that would be something like profiling. Uggg
Now your Deer Biologist has the solutions but don’t have backing of the politicians.
Don’t get me wrong, deer farmers should be allowed to make a living, but 8 foot fence. Single perimeter fence, a voluntary testing if they don’t sell outside the state is not getting the job done.
Also forgot, CWD can also lead to the game and fish department to ban all mineral feeding and supplement feed.
So you can watch your right to mineral licks and feeding stations which are the best locations to game camera deer before season starts disappear. Just watch.
Why do I keep going back in my mind Jurassic Park Quote "Nature always finds a way"
Politicians will be the ones to blame if this get worse!!! So earn my vote and the vote of 500,000 other deer hunters.
- Double Fence and Double Gates on Deer Farms
- Rain runoff controlled on Deer Farms.
- Mandatory testing on ALL deer farms.
- 2’-0” x 45 degree angle to inside of fence on all deer farms.