Essay On Chronic Wasting Disease

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Chronic Wasting Disease
Have you ever imagined the whitetail deer population being entirely gone? This is completely possible with the increased spreading of Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, and reindeer. Although some people believe baiting deer is not harmful, evidence shows that Chronic Wasting Disease can be spread by baiting so we should prohibit baiting for the deers safety.
Chronic wasting disease is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk, moose, and reindeer. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains in infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death.
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It is not believed that Chronic Wasting Disease is transferable to humans yet but in the near future if not contained and stopped it could spread to humans similar to how mad cow disease has spread from cows to humans. If stopping baiting deer on the ground where a Chronic Wasting Disease deer could contaminate the bait that other deer will be eating that can help slow down the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease until further research can be done to try and stop it in its tracks. There has also been a one week long rifle season in Michigan for deer added this year in the counties with confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease to help control the spread of this…show more content…
The signs of a Chronic Wasting Disease infected deer are along the lines of a skinny malnutritious looking deer of it can be unusual behavior of the deer and also can be where the deer is almost unaware of where its at and what it is doing. Most of the time it is very hard to tell the difference between a Chronic Wasting Disease infected deer and a malnourished deer, the only real way to tell it to examine the brain of the deer to look for the spongy holes or to test the brain for Chronic Wasting

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