Science on Tap Zoom Session 2 "Using Science to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin"
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View the second session of "Science on Tap " hosted by members of Wisconsin's Green Fire, "Using Science to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin". Mike Foy presented an update on CWD in Wisconsin, and an exercise demonstrating science-based analysis to fight the disease and how this could be implemented. Ways to use this in science classes will be discussed.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the Cervidae family, including deer, elk, moose and caribou, and is closely related to diseases such as scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle (aka mad cow disease), and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. CWD was discovered near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin in 3 deer killed during the 2001 deer season, and has continued to increase in prevalence and distribution in Wisconsin since then.
CWD can be spread from deer to deer through exchange of bodily fluids, and from a contaminated environment back to healthy deer. While CWD is very hard if not impossible to eliminate once established, it can be managed by reducing disease prevalence and distribution. Left unchecked, CWD may cause significant harm to Wisconsin deer herds, and put our deer hunting traditions,
tribal heritage, rural economy, tax base and food supply at risk.