Continue to test deer for CWD

It’s great to read chronic wasting disease was once again not detected in any New York state deer. (The article “No chronic wasting disease found in New York deer” was published April 28.) This shows the importance of having a ban on the importation of deer carcasses. An easy way CWD can unintentionally spread is the uncontrolled movement of carcasses across state lines. In New York state, officials believe the disease came from a taxidermist.

The state should continue to test free-ranging deer for CWD and not rest on its laurels. While undue media attention is focused on deer farms, free-ranging animals have spread CWD across the country from Wyoming to Texas to West Virginia. Being vigilant with free-ranging deer-especially now that CWD is in Pennsylvania-is important to managing the disease.


American Cervid Alliance