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On another thread I asked about what kind of affect the new law in Maine about prohibiting importation of deer, moose and elk carcasses would have on you. The reason for the new law is to prevent the spread of CWD into Maine.

So far the closest it is is in New York state. It has also now been determined that CWD can be spread both by saliva and blood of the animals.

In a story I did today at the Black Bear Blog, there is even one microbiologist from Colorado State University who is suggesting hunters have the meat tested for CWD before they eat it. This is from states known to have the disease.

The official statement on CWD remains the same that we cannot contract the disease by consuming meat from an infected animal.

Do you believe that statement to still be true?
Would you test your animal's meat?
Would you eat the meat anyway knowing it was tainted?
Do you think the whole CWD issue is overblown?
What do you think would happen to this industry if it was ever determined that CWD COULD be spread to humans by eating the meat?
 

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Do you believe that statement to still be true?
Would you test your animal's meat?
Would you eat the meat anyway knowing it was tainted?
Do you think the whole CWD issue is overblown?
What do you think would happen to this industry if it was ever determined that CWD COULD be spread to humans by eating the meat?

I have not heard of anyone contracting the disease from eating tainted meat and I assume that somewhere along the way sportsmen have consumed it so I would have to assume that it cannot be spread to humans.

I wouldn't have my meat tested because I don't think that I would eat the meat knowing it to be contaminated.

I have yet to determine what the long term implications of the disease will be on the deer herds yet, but they are doing a good job at scaring me about the disease.

If the disease could be spread to humans I think it would be a huge detriment to the industry with several guys giving up their deer hunting.
 

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I would be careful......the CWD threat is more prevalent among the "preserves" than out in the wild populations. Sounds like a good enough reason to make them illegal again. It's the "cultivation" and captivity that breeds these "problems" ...mad cow...CWD and all that. Nature selects the fittest..not the stock yard mentality.
 

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My home state of WI is having a huge problem. It is believed (I agree) that is was started becuase of deer escaping high fence operations.
 

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They are still trying to understand the desease ..but it is linked to genetic malformations in some inferior breeding practices used in deer rearing. Scary business......
 
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