Nevada Wildlife Officials Warn Hunters About Stumbling, Drooling ‘Zombie’ Deer

Nevada fighting to keep ‘zombie deer’ from entering state

Nevada fighting to keep ‘zombie deer’ from entering state

Nevada officials are desperately fighting to keep "zombie deer" out of the state, according to The Associated Press.

The impart's legislators also handed a legislation earlier this year to restrict elements of obvious carcasses from making their plan into the impart.

A 2004 study in the Centers for Disease Control's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal showed two captive mule deer populations were infected with the disease in separate paddocks that hadn't had infected animals in them about two years.

However, the CDC cautioned there are some studies that suggest CWD "poses a risk to certain types of non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals" and there may "also be a risk to people".

Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, and it affects the brains and spinal cords of deer by damaging normal prion proteins with abnormal prion proteins.

So far, Nevada has evaded the infection this hunting season.

Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming have all reported cases of animals with the disease - heightening concerns that the disease could spread into Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and ultimately Nevada, J.J. Goicoechea, a state Department of Agriculture veterinarian, told lawmakers.

Wolff said efforts to decrease risk probably won't stop the disease at the Nevada state line.

"It's no longer a matter of if, it's a matter of when", Wolff said. "We know that we can't wrap Nevada in a bubble".

The doctors made their case in "Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species" published in July. "Since 1997, the World Health Organization has recommended that it is important to keep the agents of all known prion diseases from entering the human food chain", the CDC concluded. Since then, there were no recurrences of the illness in the impart. Symptoms include dramatic weight loss, a lack of coordination, excessive thirst or urination, drooping ears, and infected deer lack a fear of humans or aggression.

While states across the U.S. have a variety of hunting regulations related to the management of chronic wasting disease, in recent weeks states such as Nevada, Iowa, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee have either warned hunters about the disease to prevent its spread or confirmed new cases.

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