Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Pennsylvania
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Project


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

January 2012 - December 2014


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Department of Interior

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 Publications Publication Date
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. December 2014
Presentations Presentation Date
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. October 2013
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. March 2013
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. October 2014