i know a lad that does some stalking around that area, i will get in touch with him tomorrow and see if he is aware of the alert.
I wish I was half the hunter my dog thinks I am
Hi guys. There's a statement from The D.I mentioning there's a case of a NEW TB and that all farmers and so forth but also ALL Deer carcasses be reported showing signs of infection. In England & Wales. Pretty much what ANY stalker, trained or not would do on finding signs during eviceration. Here's a link...
Lancashire-Potential TB hotspot | The Deer Initiative
What do you mean stone?
Have to disagree Stone, if anything DEFRA seem to be less concerned about bTB in wildlife than they should. However, in the early stages of TB as Lancashire sadly seems to be, the more deer that are reported as suspect, but tested negative, the better as it shows infection is not in the local population. Fallow in particular are a source for cattle infection.
In the Deer Initiative statement, there's no mention of a deer being the culprit for the outbreak but merely asks that should any deer turn up showing signs of bTB that they be reported. To my memory, that's standard practice from a stalker with a suspected case in your shot deer.
A question...Is it likely that Roe, Muntjac and most likely Fallow can contract it from infected Badgers in the area too?
I don't think they are blaming deer at all but as the only large wild mammal that is legally shot and put into the food chain (and therefore inspected) they should make an easy sample population for the spread of bTB.