NDA Leads CWD Panel at Western Deer and Elk Workshop

June 4, 2019 | by National Deer Alliance

National Deer Alliance president and CEO, Nick Pinizzotto, moderated a panel discussion of national deer and elk managers on chronic wasting disease (CWD) management at the Western Deer and Elk Workshop held in Marfa, Texas last week. The workshop is a biennial event recognized by the Western Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and this is the second event in a row that NDA has led a conversation about CWD.

The focus of the panel was implementation of CWD management plans, and the panelists included James Kelly of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Andy Holland of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Jason Sumners of Missouri Department of Conservation, and Jared Oyster of Pennsylvania Game Commission. “Our panelists have diverse expertise when it comes to implementing CWD management plans in their states, and they did a great job of informing the audience of their successes and challenges,” said Pinizzotto.

Some of the CWD-related issues discussed by the panel included the challenge of engaging and educating sportsmen, combating misinformation, limited science to help guide decisions, and inadequate funding to do the work. Audience members asked questions about potential human health implications, the frequency and scope of sampling activities, and current research priorities.

NDA continues to fill its role as national collaborator on CWD-related matters, and participation in the Western Deer and Elk Workshop is the latest example. Pinizzotto added, “CWD is a national issue and any time we can bring together deer and elk managers from across North America to talk about it helps with continuity and keeping people informed.” NDA has led or participated in dozens of CWD-focused events and discussions in the U.S. and Canada over the last three years ranging from national workshops to state government and wildlife agency meetings and Congress.

To learn more about CWD, visit the CWD Alliance website at cwd-info.org.