Few things are certain about chronic wasting disease except that it’s incurable, always fatal, and now infects wild deer and/or elk in two Canadian provinces and 20 states; and captive herds in two provinces and 14 states. Beyond those basic facts, CWD remains a frustrating, politically charged disease that keeps spawning more questions than answers. For instance, scientists can’t say for certain how CWD spreads in elk and deer herds, but most believe it’s transmitted by animal…
According to Amery, Wis. veterinarian David Clausen, “Just because we love deer hunting, and deer have significant social and economic value in Wisconsin, CWD will do what CWD does. It will expand geographically and intensify in prevalence. It doesn’t matter if we approve or not, or if we find it inconvenient to our interests. Eventually, CWD will reduce deer populations, and probably cause broader ecological, landscape-wide consequences, not only in Wisconsin, but our neighboring states.”
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Archery equipment sales jumped 83 percent for one ATA-member retailer in Cullman, Ala., one year after ATA worked with city administrators and the state’s wildlife agency to open a community archery park near this archery shop.