Chronic Wasting Disease TWIMS Response Team – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Chronic Wasting Disease TWIMS Response Team – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

(music) [Ryan Schoeneberg]
Hunting is a way of life. If nothing else, it’s, you know, a common
interest, a commonality, and it’s just, it’s ingrained. I can remember we’d go spend the night at
the camp house and wake up in the morning, and all the parents would be gone and out
in the deer stands and evenings we’d be out there with them. And I hope our kids take their kids hunting
and take their kids hunting. My grandpa said, “If you find a job you like,
you’ll never work again.” Being able to work with animals and help manage
them and conserve them just perpetuates that feeling. Hopefully I am able to hold onto those little
tidbits that are our heritage. In 2015, the sky fell out. They found a positive in a deer breeding facility. [Chris Cerny]
With deer in particular right now, we’re worried about chronic wasting disease. [Paul Crossley]
There is no treatment or cure. The only real management technique we have
is containment. [Rachel Richter]
Most of our reaction at that time was just wanting for it to not be true. (music) [Paul Crossley]
We have an online web portal called TWIMS, the Texas Wildlife Information Management
Service. It’s the central database that we use to manage
deer breeding in Texas. [Chris Cerny]
We wound up disabling the TWIMS website to prevent any additional release of deer. [Rachel]
All deer breeders were kind of, on hold. They couldn’t transfer deer for a while, while
we worked on making modifications. [Mike Sawyer]
I mean, we were affecting people’s livelihoods, shutting them down at that point. [Rachel]
It’s only the type of thing that you do if things are really bad. [Ryan Schoeneberg]
Our job is to nip it at the bud and find it like a cancer, wall it off, and not let it
spread out. [Chris]
We were essentially given a deadline that said, “Look we’ve got to get deer breeders
moving again. We’ve got to get commerce going again by deer
hunting season.” I think it was 57 days. Mike’s very proactive and has looked at all
aspects of how we use TWIMS and always attempts to identify areas where we could have some
improvements, and one of those areas he identified was that we need a tool to look at essentially
how the facilities communicate with one another. [Mike Sawyer]
We built in a whole messaging kind of system for the deer breeders to try to help them
accept or decline a transfer. That became all-consuming. The programmers would fix code at night and
then we’d come back in the next morning. We’d test again and we just had a cycle going
day, after day, after day. [Paul]
Without their effort, the whole project would have been set up to fail. [Mike]
As a team, I think we had a bunch of different skills that came together and helped us get
the project done on time. (music) [Chris]
Hopefully, we’ve discovered CWD early enough that we might even be able to potentially
eradicate it still at this point, that this is not something that we’ll have to worry
about in the future. [Paul]
CWD poses a significant risk to one of the most treasured natural resources of our state. Our program is helping to mitigate that risk. [Ryan]
Some of the best people in the agency are on this project, so it’s an honor to be named
amongst them. (music) Protecting the way of life, protecting the
enjoyment of it. The biggest relaxations I get is just to be
able to come out here and hunt. (gun shot) That is why we do what we do is, in the name
of protecting that heritage. (music)

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7 thoughts on “Chronic Wasting Disease TWIMS Response Team – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

  1. Monday, September 05, 2016
    Pathological features of chronic wasting disease in reindeer and demonstration of horizontal transmission Major Findings for Norway

    see updated data on the 4 cases of CWD to date in Norway ;

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    An assessment of the long-term persistence of prion infectivity in aquatic environments

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Friday, September 02, 2016
    Chronic Wasting Disease Drives Population Decline of White-Tailed Deer

  2. APHIS USDA CFIA CWD TSE Prion Herd Certifications Update

    FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

    Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary Submission March 30, 2018

    Terry S. Singeltary Sr., Bacliff, Texas USA 77518 [email protected] Attachments (1) Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary View Attachment:View as format pdf

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 04, 2018

    Canada Chronic Wasting Disease Voluntary Herd Certification Program Updated

    THURSDAY, APRIL 05, 2018

    Boone and Crocket Club B&C News Release CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TSE Prion

  3. MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

    TAHC TEXAS CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD TSE PRION Summary Minutes of the 399th Commission Meeting April 22 2018

  4. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2018

    Texas Reports 13 more cases of Chronic Wasting Disease CWD TSE Prion in Breeder Deer state total jumps to 130 Confirmed to date

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