Common misconceptions about CWD management addressed

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease similar to mad cow disease. CWD affects members of the deer, elk and moose families. Unfortunately, this disease is 100% fatal and it is easily transferred between individual deer and it remains in the environment for long periods of time. As the disease spreads, more and more states are faced with difficult decisions pertaining to an effective management strategy. Sharpshooting appears to be the most effective control method, but hunters become concerned with the method. Therefore, our team addressed some common misconceptions about CWD management in Illinois.