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Indiana's Bovine Tuberculosis Surveillance Team Wins Excellence In Conservation Award
Updated November 13, 2017 4:38 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana's bovine tuberculosis (bTB) surveillance team wins Excellence in Conservation Award
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.

Deer Biologist Joe Caudell 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 accepted the award on behalf of the agency & partners at the 2017 summer MAFWA meeting in Nebraska.

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