Date: 3/9/17 12:55 pm
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9...>
Subject: reply from state wildlife veterinarian Fwd: CWD and scavengers


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Barry Haas <bhaas...>
> Subject: Re: CWD and scavengers
> Date: March 9, 2017 1:06:03 PM CST
> To: Judith Griffith <9waterfall9...>
>
> Judith,
>
> You may want to share this on ARBIRD for the benefit of those folks who followed this thread there, and who don't subscribe to the Fellowship of Wings listserv.
>
> Thanks for sharing this.
>
> Barry
>
>
> On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:32 PM, Judy & Don wrote:
>
>> Thank you, Dr. Ballard. I will share this with <FELLOWSHIPOFWINGS...> so other birders can read your information.
>> In the future we will contact a field agent regarding probable CWD deer to collect samples.
>>
>> Judith
>> Ninestone, Carroll County
>>
>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:15 PM, "Ballard, Jenn" <Jennifer.Ballard...> wrote:
>>
>>> Ms. Griffith,
>>> Thank you for contacting me regarding this issue. I apologize for the delayed response, I have been working in the field. I do not believe there is any evidence to suggest that birds would become infected or develop disease from the CWD prion. Prions can pass through the GI tract of birds, but it would be virtually impossible for us to try to prevent scavenging of deer carcasses by these species. If sick or recently dead deer are observed, please notify our agency so that CWD samples can be collected.
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Jennifer Ballard
>>>
>>> Jennifer R. Ballard, DVM, PhD
>>> State Wildlife Veterinarian
>>> Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
>>> #2 Natural Resources Drive
>>> Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
>>> Office 501-223-6366
>>> Cell 501-291-8926
>>>
>>> From: Judy & Don [mailto:<9waterfall9...>]
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:09 AM
>>> To: Ballard, Jenn <Jennifer.Ballard...>
>>> Subject: Fwd: CWD and scavengers
>>>
>>> Hi, Dr. Ballard.
>>>
>>> I posted to ARBIRD earlier this week about bald eagles consuming a deer that had possibly died of CWD. Many questions arise from the transmission of prions in droppings, to transmission of the disease itself in birds and animals that are not cervids.
>>>
>>> Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the situation.
>>>
>>> Judith Ann Griffith
>>> Ninestone Land Trust
>>> Carroll County, AR
>>>
>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>>
>>>
>>> From: Karen And Jim Rowe <rollingrfarm...>
>>> Subject: Re: CWD and scavengers
>>> Date: March 2, 2017 10:32:23 AM CST
>>> To: Judy & Don <9waterfall9...>, Barry Haas <bhaas...>
>>>
>>> AGFC has recently hired a veterinarian with experience with CWD as well as birds of prey. I suggest you contact Dr. Jenn Ballard with your question about disease transmission between avian scavengers and cervids. Her email is <Jennifer.Ballard...>
>>>
>>> Karen Rowe AGFC
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mar 2, 2017, at 9:07 AM, Judy & Don <9waterfall9...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Following my post about eagles consuming the carcass of a deer that possibly died of CWD - and there are many unobserved cases of this scavenging behavior based on the number of CWD deaths in NW Arkansas alone - Barry Haas asked about disease transmission to eagles and vultures, etc. The most recent understanding I had been given by an AGFC agent was that the disease was only transmissible to other corvids. So this week I inquired about the latest findings on CWD and scavengers, specifically raptors and other avians, as well as other non-cervid animals. I received this info from the manager of the Elk Center in Ponca. Whatever is shared in this upcoming meeting should soon be available on the AGFC website.
>>>
>>> Judith
>>> Ninestone, Carroll County
>>>
>>>
>>> The public meeting will be at 6pm on March 14th at the Carroll Electric building in Jasper. I sent an email to Little Rock asking if a video will be available on the website, or even live streamed, but haven't had a response yet. Will let you know.
>>>
>>>
>>
>


 
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