A growing number of states in the U.S are becoming more aware of the harmful effects of urine-based attractants on animals, but is it really necessary to ban them?
Some may be surprised to hear it, but Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) can be found in some urine-based lures. This disease is transmitted between animals effecting wildlife population in the infected area.
Although wildlife experts are not 100% certain how the disease is spread, they do know there is a protein that carries the disease and the certain infectious protein has been found in the urine, feces, and saliva of infected animals.
As a result, some states have already banned the use of urine-based lures including Alaska, Vermont, Disease Management Areas of Pennsylvania, and even some Canadian provinces.
Banning urine-based lures is an extreme attempt to avoid the spreading of CWD, but is there another way?
The urine for the attractant is collected over a grate system with no prevention of contamination from feces or saliva. The urine is not chemically treated because, in turn, the product would lose the desired scent. And the biggest problem is the infected protein found in the urine, feces, and saliva is resistant to degradation and can last for years in contaminated soil.
Scent companies who rely on these attractants as their business have suggested setting standards and regulations to make sure the scent being sold is from CWD-free animals. There has been no effort to allow scent producers to show they can deliver disease-free products before the scents were strictly banned.
So maybe the answer to solving the CWD endemic is not banning urine-based attractants all together, but conducting studies that allow the product to be sold from a 100% disease-free animal.
Tests to set a production protocol may take time, however, it can be beneficial in the long run making hunters, scent companies, and wildlife specials satisfied by keeping the wildlife population stable.