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Cervids developing resistance to CWD

This study suggests that our cervid populations will evolve to be resistant to CWD in the future which will limit it's effects on populations. Similar to how deer have evolved to be resistant to EHD where it has been prevalent for some time.

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Re: Cervids developing resistance to CWD

Key in this is this statement:


That won't happen overnight, though. Terry Kreeger, one of the study's authors, was quoted as telling the Wyoming Game and Fish Department <span style="font-weight: bold">the “genetic shift” would take place over several decades.</span>

Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/outdoors/...#ixzz3Aqx0vvK0




Until then, it is better to actively manage the disease and restrict or heavily regulate deer farms.

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Re: Cervids developing resistance to CWD

No doubt a key phrase. It took deer a long time to develop resistance to EHD as well. They will do the same with CWD in time to. All the article points to is that CWD in here, will be here, is not going away but the animals will probably adapt and overcome it in time.

The rampant misinformation and overhyping the disease overshadows the other views and science that does exist that paints a different picture over the long haul.

Some prefer to often speak of and promote CWD as being "as bad as it can get" while working to suppress the respected views of it "not being that bad" from other sources.

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Re: Cervids developing resistance to CWD

The respected views are mostly from deer farms.

Most everyone else is of the opposite option.


Even with EHD, it is the southern state deer that are gaining some resistance. That as one study cites from "exposure, exposure, exposure". In PA exposure is limited with outbreaks every couple of years and mostly limited in area.

PA deer will again take decades or more to build that immunity.


The one good thing is, it appears that the antibodies pass on to fawns (with EHD). The bad part is that PA deer have a very high morality rate when it does rear it's head.

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Re: Cervids developing resistance to CWD

But the fact remains deer have developed resistance to diseases and are developing resistance to EHD, here in Pa, the more they are exposed.

CWD has the potential to play out the same with the species coming out stronger in the end. This report eludes to that based on some preliminary findings.

BTW, I have never advocated for ignoring the disease or not taking reasonable steps to contain it. It is my opinion that most actions are not necessary and have been proven to not work.

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Re: Cervids developing resistance to CWD

Good point, many other states have proved your theory.
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