posted on Sep, 15 2003 @ 11:57 PM
Damn! This is not good news for hunters....
Hunters in many states have been warned not to eat deer or elk meat, since it can be contaminated with chronic wasting disease (CWD), a version of Mad
Cow Disease, which can be transferred to humans who eat the meat. Mad Cow was spread by farmers grinding up cow bones and feeding them to cattle, but
how does CWD spread in wild animals? The answer may be that prions stay alive in the dirt.
Prions are the infectious proteins that spread the disease and researchers have found that they're more likely to live some types of soil than in
others, which may be why some areas of the country are affected, while others aren't. CWD was first detected in deer and elk in Colorado and Wyoming
in the 1980s, and in Wisconsin in 2002.