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Chronic Wasting Disease Marches On. Can We Stop It? Or Even Slow It?

Understanding how deer movement and human involvement impacts population and CWD management.

Chronic Wasting Disease Marches On. Can We Stop It? Or Even Slow It?

Radio-collared deer are studied by researchers combating the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. (Photo by Lisa Jorge)

Ribs and hip bones press against the hide, showing the detailed design of the skeleton within. The malnourished buck takes one stiff-legged step at a time, unaware of where it is, unsure of where it’s going. It shakes, shutters and shifts its head from side to side. Then, it lies down, draws one ragged last breath and never stands back up.

That deer didn’t die from old age. It succumbed to chronic wasting disease (CWD). The latter stages of CWD are cruel. It’s quite similar to

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