Could CWD ever be eradicated from the landscape, or even controlled at a manageable level?
While CWD may have never been eradicated from a wild population where it's already been firmly established, it's also never been attempted in such an area at a level that most CWD experts believe would be sufficient to test whether it's even possible.
Currently, Illinois is showing some progress in reducing their prevalence rates through hunting and sharpshooting. Minnesota and New York may have caught the disease very early after it was introduced and successfully eliminated it through local culling. It is clear, though, that even limiting the spread of the disease will take huge effort and resources over an extended period of time.