The Chronic Wasting Disease is not something new in the United States. However, over the last few years, there have been many initiatives to deal with this issue.
Therefore, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) has recently approved twelve proposals aiming to tackle the CWD throughout an area of 10 counties from Northern Arkansas, such as Yell, Searcy, Pope, Newton, Marion, Madison, Logan, Johnson, Carroll, and Boone.
According to Randy Zellers, Assistant Chief of Communications, because the Chronic Wasting Disease was often detected in these areas, the officials decided to take active measures to stop the spread of this disease or at least slow it as much as possible.
One of the most critical problems is the fact that people feed deer too much because this situation encourages the animals to increase their numbers in these areas. Unfortunately, if deer number will continue to grow so will the risk of CWD.
Fortunately, no cases of human infection have been reported until now. Furthermore, no pets or livestock have been infected. It means that hunters may rest assured that there is no risk for them to catch the disease at this moment.
Nevertheless, Zeller stated that the disease first appeared in 1980’s and spread throughout 24 states until now despite the efforts of the officials to completely wipe out any sign of the disease. Therefore, Zeller prompts hunters to keep the distance from any deer that appears to be sick.
Moreover, eating them is completely forbidden. On the other hand, hunters are not worried about this situation, and they seem to understand the danger. Brad Kohler, the hunter, explained that he will keep hunting the healthy deer.
According to Story Whitson, hunter, they always check every animal they shoot to establish whether it is healthy and safe to eat. He stated that whenever a deer looks sick, they do not eat it.
However, one of the new regulations against the Chronic Wasting Disease forbids hunter to take the hunted deer out the target area unless it is taken for the purpose of taxidermy or after it has been deboned.
Still, Zeller added that there was still a significant part of healthy deer population that would provide everyone with enough resources of food. AGFC will double its efforts to monitor the areas and to find a way to deal with the Chronic Wasting Disease.
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