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Indiana Chapter members honored by Midwest AWFA
Indiana received the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) “Excellence in Conservation” award in 2017. One of seven annual awards given by the 13-state MAFWA organization, the “Excellence in Conservation” recognizes a member agency that has shown excellence in conservation through a specific project. DFW Deer Biologist Joe Caudell, a member of The Wildlife Society and the TWS Indiana Chapter, and Indiana’s bovine tuberculosis (bTB) surveillance team were recognized for implementing a comprehensive program to test hunter-harvested deer in southeast Indiana during the 2016-17 season.
Lymph nodes from more than 2,000 deer were collected, none of which tested positive for bTB. The net result of this collective effort saved the DFW from spending an estimated $1.3 million in license sales revenue to respond to the chronic bTB situation in Indiana. DFW Director Mark Reiter, also a member of TWS and the TWS Indiana Chapter, accepted the award on behalf of the agency & partners at the 2017 summer MAFWA meeting in Nebraska.
This article originally appeared in the Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s November 2017 newsletter.