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    Default Deer Disease Poses Risks to General Public, Not Just Hunters

    Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie Cummins
    January 7, 2019

    If you live in an urban area, should you be concerned about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in U.S. deer herds? CWD has caused hundreds of captive deer to be euthanized on commercial deer farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. The disease has also spread to non-captive (wild) deer herds.

    ...There are a number of ways you can limit your personal risk, and also help minimize the overall risk of the spread of CWD.
    Take these three critical steps to avoid personal risk:
    • Avoid eating venison, especially if it comes from “farmed” deer fed animal waste. Because it’s nearly impossible for deer processors to sterilize their equipment after each deer, cross-contamination is always a risk.
    • Avoid any meat that comes from a factory farm. Factory farms often feed confined animals slaughterhouse waste, or rendered animal protein. This practice is prohibited in organic meat production.
    • Make sure your eye doctor is aware of the new and concerning risks presented by patients who may have prion diseases.

    Read the details: https://www.organicconsumers.org/blo...se-public-risk
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    Default Re: Deer Disease Poses Risks to General Public, Not Just Hunters

    Have you seen any evidence of deer sick with this among those who, ahem, visit your crops, Islander? Don't they eat fruit off your trees, too?

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    Default Re: Deer Disease Poses Risks to General Public, Not Just Hunters

    They do indeed eat what's within reach as well as what drops to the ground, if they get there before I do. Sadly, climate change has resulted in smaller harvests or none at all. I have lost both of my peach trees and an Asian pear. Pollination is another problem since the bee population has declined and it's almost impossible to winter over our domestic bees anymore. As for the sick deer, they show up at night when they can't be observed. What deer I have seen look healthy.
    This is not true for the moose. Although some have a brain disease, the biggest problem is the "ghost" moose," the ones who have become so pale they are almost albino as a result of tick populations infesting them and sucking their blood dry.
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