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Iowa Deer Test Negative for CWD

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That's great news. I've never hunted in Iowa but I'm happy for those who do!! Cronic Wasting Disease seems to be a hot topic these day and since no one really understands how the sickness works, has pushed this coverage into a media frenzy through out the hunting and wildlife conservation serivces.

Is this something that is being blown out of proportion which is being made to look larger than life or is this a true concern for everyone that enjoys hunting to the everyday wildlife viewer?

This article mention, "CWD was first discovered in northeastern Colorado in 1967. Since then, it has also been documented in wild deer or elk in Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Saskatchewan, Canada."

If this has been a problem since 1967 and a growing concern, why wasn't something done, more so than just tracking the spread throughout the states?

Everything surrounding CWD seems flawed... In order to eradicate this disease, if they do not find a cure or maybe some kind of vaccination, will the deer within the infected states need to be removed, or will the disease work fast enough to kill them off?

Damn those roaming Deer and Elk...

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Iowa Deer Test Negative for CWD

We asked just that question back in July/August of 2001:

Do you believe CWD is a serious problem for North American Hunters?

Most felt it was a serious problem, presumably not hype.

We also did a write up on CWD a while back that you might find interesting:

CWD - Chronic Wasting Disease - What is it?

This Rocky Mountain topic is worth a read too:

CWD Found in Utah Mule Deer

Note that there is a distinction between spreading and tracking. If you do some testing in a particular population that you have not tested before and it turns up positive for CWD does that mean that it has spread to that location or that it was always there and you just found it? Keep in mind that many places that have turned up CWD in the last few years have had no prior testing for the diease or a tiny portion of the total population.

The current data I have seen is inconclusive. CWD like other prion based diseases may have been around for a long time and we are simply discovering that it is more common than originally thought. All data on the spreading rate of the disease (its contractability) shows it is very slow, unlike say something like SARS in humans.

Welcome to the board Quicksilver.

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This has been a really helpful site!! Thanks for the place to write and gather information!!

I have a strong respect for the hunt, the hunters, and hunting culture. I hope this site is successful in conveying a positive message to the anti-hunting/gun crowd. Their are people,(I'm proud to say that I am one of them), in the U.S. that feel srongly about maintaining a life style that has been passed down from generation to generation and is part of all of our past...

Even the Anti's!!

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Glad you find the site useful and thanks for participating.

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