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Colorado launches new two-year CWD study

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For the next two years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) biologists will monitor mule deer in Boulder County, Colorado in an attempt to understand how far-reaching chronic wasting disease (CWD) is within the area and measure its impact. Researchers are tagging dozens of mule deer with GPS collars, which will detach automatically after two years’ time, allowing researchers to gather important data, CBS-Denver reports.

“We are taking blood samples, tissues samples, so we can send them back to the lab,” CPW spokesman Jason Clay told CBS-Denver. “We are putting GPS collars on them, so we can understand movement corridors.”

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As goHUNT previously reported, CWD has already infected roughly 16% of the state’s mule deer bucks, bull elk and bull moose. In fact, CPW sent out letters to rifle season buck hunters who were selected for mandatory CWD testing. 31 game management units were targeted for this year’s mandatory CWD testing—units that weren’t part of the 2017 mandatory sample.

“The wildlife in this state is what makes Colorado so great,” said Clay. “So, it is best for us to get a better understanding of the disease. It is an ongoing process for us. But, also, so we can manage it.”


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Phillip W. - posted 1 year ago on 12-03-2018 04:10:00 pm

That's rough news Jeremy. I had to submit my deer from GMU 15 this year as well. No news, so it was apparently negative, but I had already decided that I didn't care-I ate meat from the deer before I even got it out of the woods.

I've payed pretty close attention to the research on CWD and its risk to humans. Folks have been eating CWD infected deer meat since the 60s. I'm not trying to tell you what to do, and I'd probably be more concerned about it if I had a kid I was feeding it to, but for me... The chances that you'll be the first guy in history to get it is as close to 0% as possible. The chances that throwing away a whole deer would suck a LOT is 100%

Jeremy J. - posted 1 year ago on 11-28-2018 11:08:31 am

Hi Brady,

Ya they said they don't recommend eating it and to contact fish and game in my state for disposal instructions. CA fish and game said they would come and get it. Colorado offered to reimburse up to $200 for any processing fees

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 year ago on 11-28-2018 10:54:51 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Dang, Jeremy! That is scary news. What did they tell you to do with the meat? Really interested to hear how they will handle this. Thanks for sharing the information.

Jeremy J. - posted 1 year ago on 11-22-2018 10:33:10 am

Just got a call yesterday from Colorado to let me know my deer was infected with CWD. Sad news, I wonder how bad the problem really is.