Sending Office: Honorable Ron Kind
Endorsed by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Management Institute, Quality Deer Management Association, National Deer Alliance
Support Efforts to Manage and Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease
Cosponsor HR 4454 the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act
As sportsmen and women enjoy the fall hunting season, an emerging threat has the potential to devastate deer, elk, and moose herds across the country. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease affecting cervids – deer, elk, and moose
– that leads to emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and is always fatal. CWD belongs to the same family of diseases as scrapie in sheep and goats, “mad cow disease,” and even several rare human diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Unfortunately there is no known cure for CWD, it is unclear how it is transmitted, and the disease continues to spread across North America.
Most states have individual CWD response and management plans and have employed numerous strategies to address CWD within their state. Given the tight state budgets across the country, additional resources are needed in order to manage and prevent the spread
of CWD and provide the research needed to effectively fight the disease. That’s why we introduced the
Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act, which will support state and tribal efforts to develop and implement management strategies as well as support research regarding methods to detect and reduce CWD and control the further spread of the disease.
Summary of the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act:
- The bill authorizes critical funding to state and tribal agencies responsible for wildlife management to implement management strategies to address CWD.
- Funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the bill ensures that the money goes directly to states to implement strategies that work for their individual needs.
- Priority for funding will be based on the relative scope of CWD incidence in a given state, previous commitment to combating CWD from the state, and instances of CWD outbreaks that require rapid response.
- The bill creates a rapid response fund to support state and tribal efforts to control the spread of chronic wasting disease upon detection.
- The bill directs USDA to make grants to expand and accelerate applied research on CWD.
- Research areas include methods and products to detect infected animals, sustainable harvest management practices, and factors contributing to local emergence of CWD.
- Directs USDA and the Department of Interior to work cooperatively with the states to conduct research and implement state CWD response plans to reduce the spread and prevalence of the disease.
To cosponsor the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act or for more information, please contact Ethan Holmes (Rep. Kind) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-225-5506 or Michael Steger (Rep. Sensenbrenner) at
email@example.com or 202-225-5101.
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