The spread of CWD could cause long-term concerns for Kansas deer populations.
Chronic wasting disease, known as CWD, has been spreading across the state of Kansas. CWD was originally found in the Northwestern part of the state, but according to Biologist Matt Peek, the disease has been spreading south and east over time.
He also stated his concerns for the long-term implications of the disease. In certain areas, it is possible that deer populations could decrease to the point of elimination.
The video below from Channel 12 in Kansas discusses the issue:
CWD is a neurological condition that affects deer and related species. Signs of CWD include weight loss, excessive salivation, and abnormal behavior. The disease is fatal.
CWD was originally recognized in captive deer populations in Colorado in the 1960's. It has since spread across country, including to 24 states and 2 Canadian provinces.
For hunters, wasting a tag on a deer with CWD can be both alarming and frustrating.