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Developing an adaptive management approach for potential surveillance and spread of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania

Duration

January 2012 - December 2014

Narrative

Research on surveillance strategies, that consider demographic and environmental factors, is lacking in most states CWD has not been found. Developing surveillance strategies to maximize efficiency of sampling white-tailed deer has been described in an endemic area of Colorado (Walsh and Miller 2010) and in initial stages of CWD occurrence in Saskatchewan (Rees et al. 2011). Predictive models of pathways of CWD spread would also be beneficial to states that have CWD at their borders. Predictive models, based on previous research on deer demographics and environmental contributors to disease, could provide focused efforts on surveillance strategies in the short- and long-term for state agencies.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Evans, T.S., K.L. Schuler, W.D. Walter. 2014 Surveillance and monitoring of white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease in the northeastern United States. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(2):387-393.

Presentations

  • Evans, T.S. and W.D. Walter. Development of a chronic wasting disease surveillance plan and modeling of the potential spread in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society, State College, PA, 22-23 March 2013.
  • Evans, T.S. and W.D. Walter. Development of a chronic wasting disease surveillance plan and modeling of the potential spread in Pennsylvania. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Evans, T.S., M. Kirchgessner, B. Eyler, C. Ryan, and W.D. Walter. Bayesian hierarchical modeling of chronic wasting disease in the central Appalachian region. The 21st Annual Wildlife Society Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 83

Presentations: 119

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • U.S. Department of Interior

Links

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute