Pennsylvania Game News - September 2016 - 5

TESTING FOR WEST NILE

Justin Brown, the Game Commission's
wildlife pathologist, assured me an experimental study could be done.
But it would be difficult.
The study would require a laboratory
with a high level of biosecurity clearance,
and personnel with WNV experience.
Fortunately, Justin knew a top-notch
WNV researcher with access to the type
of lab needed.
Richard Bowen, director of the lab at
Colorado State University, agreed to host
the study and also donated all facility and
personnel costs. But a new problem arose
quickly: We would need ruffed grouse that
had never been exposed to WNV.
That meant we needed grouse that had
never been bitten by a mosquito.
Phone calls to known grouse propagators revealed only one facility - Grouse
Park Waterfowl in Idaho - could provide
such highly protected grouse. The facility's owner, Dan Snyder, was willing to
accommodate our request for grouse, but
his birds already were vaccinated against
WNV.
Then, somewhat literally, a new plan
was hatched.
If we could find wild grouse eggs, we
could ship them to Grouse Park. Chicks
could then be hatched and raised in a
quarantined environment.
At 4 to 6 weeks of age, we would
transport them by air to the Colorado lab.
Researchers would then give the chicks
WNV by inoculating them directly with
the virus. From that simple study, we
could answer three critical questions:
Does WNV kill ruffed grouse? What
percent of birds with WNV die of the
disease? What percent recover?
To be clear, this plan was crazy and
seemed to have little chance of success.
SEPTEMBER 2016

Walking into the woods on any particular
day, with the intention of finding a grouse
nest, is a fool's errand. And without nests,
our plan would fail.
The best chance of success would be to
enlist many searchers. I drafted "Grouse
Nests Wanted" posters and sent them
in April and May to organizations with
members active in the springtime woods
- the National Wild Turkey Federation,
Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Audubon,
mushroom clubs, hiking clubs and local
birding clubs.
I enlisted Game Commission foresters,
Food and Cover Corps personnel, biologists and conservation officers, as well as
Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources' foresters.
Ruffed Grouse Society members
eagerly signed up to assist, as did experienced bird-dog handlers.
I was humbled and overwhelmed by
the outpouring of support. By my best
count, more than 3,000 people were ready
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