Wasting Disease

Aurore(Zone 4/5 NY)April 10, 2005

Deer in Oneida county New York found to have chronic wasting disease. Mass destruction planned.

That's just north of where I am. The deer here are very scrawny. I hope they are thin because it was just a hard winter.

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pondwelr(z5 WI)

Can CWD pass on to those who eat the meat? Are you a hunter?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2005 at 9:04PM
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Aurore(Zone 4/5 NY)

They (authorities) say no, people don't get wasting disease. I'm not so sure I believe that. It is related to mad cow disease. But for the record I guess there are no cases of people becoming infected with it. Until now most cases were located in the western states. Wasting disease was found in Oneida N.Y. in domesticated herds of deer raised for meat and yes some of the deer from the group that had the illness were eaten. The fear is that wild deer may have come into contact with these ill animals and spread the illness among the wild population. Fences don't necessarily keep deer out or in.
I sit and watch the deer frolic in my backyard in upstate N.Y. every day. It would be a shame if this illness were to come here. Oneida's not that far away.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2005 at 10:48PM
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