Haven't seen any posts from you lately flounder, which I was hoping was good news considering what you usually post about. Figured it was only a matter of time untill they found it again in another herd somewhere.
I think, with all the stories we have heard about baiting deer, or captive deer, your article goes more to that point. Having big game animals in close proximity to each other, in captive situations, is bad for everyone involved, and can severly impact a herd. And I find it interesting that the same hunting company owned another ranch that tested positive for it also. Maybe they are buying deer from another infected state? Hopefully they meet some increased srutiny from wildlife officials now.
Sorry to see it happen there, but I can bet the people of Missouri want to quickly get that dealt with so that it does not spread beyond the boundaries of that area.
It has been awhile since another report had been posted. I still just don't know enough about CWD to say much about it. Colorado is the big hot spot and some surrounding states but yet we have never allowed baiting and have a very small herd compared to others so it doesn't seem like close contact would be the biggest contributor. But again I just don't know enough.
The article states that CWD is passed by animal to animal contact or ground to animal contact. Here is what I found on the internet...
The origin and mode of transmission of the prions causing CWD is unknown, but recent research indicates that prions can be excreted (through skat) by deer and elk, and is transmitted by eating grass growing in contaminated soil. Animals born in captivity and those born in the wild have been affected with the disease. Based on epidemiology, transmission of CWD is thought to be lateral (from animal to animal). Maternal transmission may occur, although it appears to be relatively unimportant in maintaining epidemics. Research has recently shown that an infected deer's saliva is able to spread the CWD prions.
It is great that the state recognizes the issue and has an existing plan to exterminate it as quickly as possible.
Thats just too bad. Like CA_ said we haven't seen any recent post from you in awhile and giving you report on the CWD issues and other animal dieseases I thaught maybe it was a good thing you know no news is good news type thing. Well hopefully some day soon scientist will be able to find a way to cure this or slow down the spread.
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