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It’s a no-brainer’: Hunters call for steps to stop ‘Zombie deer disease’ epidemic – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 2019123 Views

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment defends use of baits, promises faster tests for chronic wasting disease

Aug 19, 2019

Deer hunter David Pezderic used to lay out hay or grain as bait to lure white-tailed deer near his farm in the Saskatoon area.

But that was 15 years ago. Pezderic stopped the controversial hunting practice after deciding it was not only unethical, but dangerous.

Baiting encourages deer to congregate in unnatural ways, increasing the likelihood they’ll transmit the highly contagious chronic wasting disease (CWD) through exposure to infected feces, urine, and saliva. The neurological disease eats holes in the brains of deer, elk, and moose, causing them to stumble, drool, and generally act like zombies before dying.

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