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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Spread of chronic wasting disease prompts states to consider new rules for hunters

Wildlife authorities in Colorado and Pennsylvania are pushing for new hunting regulations in order to fight the spread of chronic wasting disease among their local deer populations.

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, affects the central nervous system of not only deer but moose and elk, and can cause disorientation, emaciation, excessive drinking, drooling and urination. Infected animals usually die within two or three years, the Denver Post reports.

CWD was first identified in 1967 in Colorado and has since been reported in more than 20 states, according to the USDA.

In 2017, Canadian researchers claimed to have observed CWD in macaque monkeys who had eaten infected deer meat, but the National Institute of Health reported in 2018 that there was no transmissibility in macaques.


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