WhipParticipantDecember 6, 2019 at 6:57 pmPost count: 2409
Unfortunately CWD has spread across the state. In some areas 50 percent of the mature bucks test positive. The Governor appointed a task force to deal with the situation. Seems the more deer we test the more we find. It isn’t as prevalent in elk or moose but can happen. One of the proposals is to allow hunters liberal seasons with opportunity to kill the older bucks. In some areas teams of sharpshooters will cull deer. It seems pretty extreme but the issue has continued to grow. I know it’s not yet a big problem in Iowa but I suspect it will happen eventually.
WhipGreg 57January 19, 2020 at 7:59 amPost count: 28
Whip, sad but true. Game farms are the ones that got it started in Iowa.
We have it in 3 countries now and the DNR here as opened extra permits and a special rifle season in these 3 countries to cull the herd down to hopefully stop or slow the spread of the disease.
I beleive Wisconsin did something similar several years ago on its SW border. Not sure where or what they are doing nowCRIA1576ParticipantJanuary 23, 2020 at 12:16 pmPost count: 584
Are mulies impacted at the same or similar rates to whitetails? What about antelope?WhipParticipantJanuary 24, 2020 at 8:52 pmPost count: 2409
Both mule deer and white tail deer are affected. The denser the population higher the rate of infection. Elk, and moose are also impacted but to lower levels. Antelope are immuned and can’t get it. Big Horn sheep and mountain goats are also immuned.
WhipCRIA1576ParticipantJanuary 28, 2020 at 4:14 pmPost count: 584
Good to know and thank you for confirmingkenhumpParticipantJanuary 31, 2020 at 12:13 pmPost count: 12769
My sister lives just north of Durango CO. They had a buck wander into area and lay down under an evergreen. Next day it shed rack. Stayed under tree. Fish and game came out and shot it and took it for necropsie. They said it was definitely sick.WhipParticipantOctober 16, 2020 at 2:35 pmPost count: 2409
Here is the address to the CWD plan online. https://wgfd.wyo.gov/WGFD/media/content/PDF/Get%20Involved/CWD/WGFD_DRAFTCWDManagementPlan_113019.pdf
Its been discussed quite a bit and lots of push back on culling of deer in some areas. I think its time to do some experimentation to see if we can make a difference in the long run. The National Elk Refuge in Jackson may become a casualty caused by the spread of CWD. Several environmental groups opposed to hunting are using CWD as an excused to stop feeding on the Refuge. They would rather see feeding end and elk numbers crash which would lead to a severe cut back in licenses to hunt this herd unit. The town of Jackson blocks elk traditional migration routes and without supplemental feeding started in the early 1900s the herd will not be able to support nearly the number of elk it does now. Elk would be forced to hit what few local ranches are left in the area creating lots of damage to private hay stacks and competition with livestock for feed. Several of these groups are suing to stop supplemental feeding.
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