Why are we concerned about CWD?
CWD poses serious problems for hunters and landowners, and the implications for free-ranging deer and elk are significant:
- Ongoing surveillance programs are expensive and draw resources from other wildlife management needs.
- Computer modeling as well as observations from Colorado and Wyoming suggest that CWD could substantially reduce infected cervid populations by lowering adult survival rates and destabilizing long-term population dynamics.
- Where it occurs, CWD may alter the management of wild deer and elk populations, and it has already begun to do so.
- Ultimately, public and agency concerns and perceptions about human health risks associated with all TSE's may erode hunters confidence and their willingness to hunt in areas where CWD occurs.