First of all, Howdy everybody! I have 'lurked' here but this is my first post.
After reading this article I am wondering how relevant it is. Routes of exposure to a toxin or pathogen make significant changes in its hazard. For example, if one has no wounds or sores in his mouth or throat drinking a little rattlesnake poison wouldn't have any effects because it must pass through a membrane, denaturing the proteins. The same substance entering the bloodstream without passing through a membrane or being denatured in the stomach obviously causes disease.
I am more interested to know wheter primates EATING prions get sick. Not as much if they had the affected material introduced into their brains.
I have to admit that I don't read too many of the articles unless someone else makes a translation of them as many can be very confusing. Cwd has so many things about it that we haven't figured out yet.
I agree as well that the best study of all would be on the actual eating of the meat and whether or not there is truly no danger from consuming the meat. I have never yet had an animal tested as it has not yet been found in my unit. But of course it can only be found if the testing is done. I just don't want to pay for the test.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...