Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals.
It is characterized by loss of body condition, behavioral abnormalities and death. CWD is classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), and is similar to mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep.
The first CWD case has hit home in Maryland, a white-tail deer harvested in the state tested positive for the chronic wasting disease.
A hunter in Allegany County reported taking the deer on November 27, 2010 in Green Ridge State Forest. Maryland is now one of 20 other states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.
Though this strange disease is contagious among deer and elk, it’s not contagious for humans, cattle and other domestic livestock. The cause scientists say is from prions, infectious proteins without associated nucleic acids.
The director of DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service, Paul Peditto, said “this should not stop anyone from enjoying venison.
Our team of wildlife professionals has been preparing for this result for some time so we are well-informed and ready to limit the impact of this event.”
If you live in New York, you probably know that lifetime licenses for hunting, fishing and trapping couldn’t be transferred to another individual, well that will all change with the new law that is about to take in effect.
Under new law lifetime sporting licenses may be transferred to a qualifying relative if the lifetime license holder passes away within one year of purchase of the license or if the license holder passes away while in active United States military duty during a time of war.
Acting Commissioner Joseph Martens said “this is a way for them to pass on a family tradition.” The new law came into effect on January 15th of 2011, I’m sure New York outdoorsmen are thrilled of this new law.
I don’t know if you fishermen have seen the show The Wild Within on the Travel Channel? But I was watching it today and found it pretty cool. The show is about an author and outdoorsmen named Steven Rinella who embarks on exciting outdoor adventures across the globe.
Well the episode I was watching he was fishing in San Fransisco, he ended up catching two leopard sharks and a seven gill shark. They were pinpointing leopard sharks, the first leopard shark he caught was a female so he put it back.
The second was a nice size 37 inch male leopard shark, so they kept it and served it up for dinner.
There’s a lot of channels pumping these kind of outdoor shows left and right, but what makes a particular show like this interesting is the host.
You got to have a an exciting and intelligent host to have a great outdoors show. Steven Rinella is not a bad host… He’s no Jeremy Wade, but I wouldn’t mind giving the show another glance.
You can catch The Wild Within on Sundays at 9 E/P, on the Travel Channel.