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Colorado CWD?

Just got this years regs in the mail and I notice that there are more CWD units then last year. How many of you have actually shot a CWD buck or elk in Colorado? I have been hunting in this state for years and have yet to come across a CWD animal. As far as I know. Are you getting your game tested every time you take a buck or elk? I am starting to feel that it is just a matter of time until the units that I love to hunt become CWD units.

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Colorado CWD?

I don't bother testing, and it doesn't worry me. Just don't gnaw on the spine or brainstem Big smile . CWD, while first discovered in captive animals, then later found in wild herds, has likely been with us for most of history. The DOW experimented with reducing population densities in the Poudre Canyon Units, they found that lower densities do not affect transmission rates and are going to let that population grow again.
The reason for finding more CWD, is because of increased testing, paid for with federal dollars, not because the disease is spreading.
If you aren't looking for it you won't find CWD, so many states have begun looking for it, and sure enough, they eventuallly find it.
I have never seen a confirmed case of CWD, and I have been involved in check stations, killed suspected animals who didn't turn out to test positive. There are instances where an animal will carry the disease and not show symptoms, but for the most part, those who are infected will be killed by predators before you stumble upon them during hunting season.

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I have been hunting up the Poudre as well and on some Private land near the research station for several years where the DOW had thought CWD originated. I have yet to have an animal tested. I had also noticed that as well, but it wont affect any of my thoughts on areas I would hunt. Maybe it will make drawing some of them a bit easier.

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Although there are more and more units with cwd the majority of the units have less than 1% of the animals infected and usually not more than 15% in others. The dow just wants to inform hunters about it and the testing helps the bios see where the disease is spreading.

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I sprnd alot of time in the mountains hunting, fishing and camping and I have never seen an animal that even appears to have the sypmtoms of CWD. I also do not test my animals...I would if it looked a bit strange to me though.

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I have seen several deer with CWD back in the eighties on the Uncompaghre Plateau, My cousin took a real nice 180 inch mule deer on the Grand Mesa about four years ago that had CWD and it was a healthy looking big old buck. I think its been hear a long time and like X said most people wouldn't even know it was here if they weren't searching for it. I don't feel killing more deer will solve the problem.

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It is true you wouldnt know it if they are infected with it until they are pretty much near death. CWD is a virus and there is no cure for a virus so eliminating deer and elk populations are definately not the answer. So far research has shown that
CWD is not transmissible to humans but viruses as well as bacteria are always mutating so to be on the safe side it might be wise to test or dont eat the any of the spinal cord, brain, or any marrow which I doubt anyone does!

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