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By Phil McCausland
Doug Duren lives on a 430 acre farm in Wisconsin, which has lived with his family for 1
It's a huge country to hunt – about 75 white-tailed deer per square mile – and Duren (60) remembers a conservationist mantra if he can do it: "It's not ours, we're on the series. "
This phrase is of particular importance to hunters and dairies today, as a disease known as chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreads to the eternal population, which includes animals such as deer, moose, and moose.
Duren did it on his land. Three of the 30 deer killed on his property last season were tested for CWD positive, and he becomes increasingly worried as the disease is now found in 24 states.
"From a hunting and public health perspective We are okay with the fact that a majority of our deer are dealing with a disease that will kill them in two years? "He asked on Saturday, after returning from a nearby fishing competition home that the disease could be transmitted to humans through eating deer meat," Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infection Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said In the past week, federal state legislators feared that this might happen soon.
"It is likely that cases of chronic chronic consumption-related waste will be caused by disease." Contaminated meat will be forthcoming in the coming years Documented, "he told the Minnesota Legislature last week. "It is possible that the number of cases in humans is considerable and will not be isolated events."
Often, the disease is caused by a form of the protein, a so-called prion, that accumulates in the brain and lymph of the animal compared to mad cow disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease is always deadly, but before death, animals can lose weight and coordination and grow into aggression.
Currently, concern for CWD seems to be in the hunting community. They are largely restricted to people who work in their hunting area.
However, a series of headlines released shortly after Osterholm's testimony warn of a "zombie-stag" disease that could soon infect people who advocate Duren and many other proponents of hunting. Educators said it was less helpful ,
Steven Rinella, a wild-game cookbook author who runs the MeatEater podcast and Netflix eponymous TV series of the same name, described the misrepresentation of the disease last week as one of Clickbait's worst cases Appeal. "
" It's always disconcerting when such a thing prevails in the mainstream media and it's grossly misrepresented and I do not need it to take into account all the know-how that has been used here, he said.
Although Rinella (45) was not a fan of recent coverage, he said he was very worried about the disease and watched as it spread throughout the country throughout his career. This disease is not new, he notes: The first case was found in Colorado in the 1960s and grew considerably in the early 2000s.
Today, Rinella says like Duren that tests are part of the hunt.  Daniel Crook, on the right, sees a photo taken of Dan Ruhland on November 21, 2016 by Crook's nine-point stag in downtown Wisconsin. Barry Adams / Wisconsin State Journal on AP File
About CWD in the hunting community seem to be largely confined to humans involved in their hunting territory, "said Rinella. "People wake up when it hits home. I would hope that hunters who are in unaffected areas expect more concern. "
With the spread of the disease, state agencies remain alert and many are building sites where hunters can do this. Drop deer heads to get tested for the disease. You get results in seven to ten days.
Keith Stephens, chief communications officer of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said his state has 35 areas throughout the state where hunters can wrap their deer heads in plastic. Place a note and place it in a freezer. They also work with taxidermists and train hunters at every opportunity.
But the number of tests they do for the state hunters for free is costly, especially as they have to send out everything to be tested in Madison, Wisconsin. Some states have their own test facility.
Would you possibly give your 4-year-old this meat by infecting?
said. "I think it's about $ 20 apiece, so that adds up. However, we believe it is important to ensure that hunters can feel comfortable in Arkansas. "
Some states have invested in creating bounty programs to reduce the number of infected deer, and others have invested money in further research to find a cure for some form of solution. But that requires all the money.
While the federal government invested millions of dollars in the study of chronic wasting disease after the 2001 state of emergency was declared, this money ebbed in the following years and was not reinvested. The Interior Ministry declined to comment.
Sen. One of the Democratic presidential candidates, Amy Klobuchar, pushed Congress into federal funding late last year.
The decline in funding is a problem for many hunters because they say there is so much that they do not know about CWD and whether this is possible spread to humans.
"The hardest thing is that there are so many unknowns," said Jeff Minsterman, who is hunting near his home in Pennsylvania. "You did not prove it happened, but would you feed that meat to your 4-year-old at the same time knowing that it could be infected?"
Rinella said, following science and investing in research is the key.  "I would think that every federal official from any state that has a deer hunting culture should pay a lot of attention to it," said Rinella. "There is a large rural community around deer hunting and there are potentially big public safety concerns."
There have been some new moves on this front.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Was assisted by a bipartisan group of senators from around the country who introduced a law earlier this month instructing the Department of Agriculture and the US Geological Survey to work with academies of science to further investigate the disease
The bill would oblige the groups to submit a study within 180 days, and everything would be paid for by the USDA and the Ministry of the Interior.
The study is welcome to hunters and besieged states as human beings According to those who participate in the trade, the CWD assumes a popular American pastime.
Deer hunting attracted more than 8.1 million hunters in 2016 according to a 2016 census study and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Together, these individuals spent nearly $ 15 billion on travel and equipment, which helped drive a major American industry and many rural cities.
However, there is a concern that the hysteria surrounding CWD could affect the journey or purchase of certain products.
"I can see how it decimates the sporting goods businesses and some companies because people are not coming, they do not buy the equipment and it's hard to watch and not know if that's a solution," Minsterman said regional sales manager for a sports optics company.
Nevertheless, it is difficult to ignore the possible health concerns, as food and hunting are closely intertwined.
A Responsible Management Exploration Company Found in 2017, 39 percent of hunters engage in sports for the meat industry. According to a March 2017 Alliance for Public Wildlife report, up to 15,000 hunter families eat CWD-infected meat every year. According to the report, the number increases annually by up to 20 percent due to the spread of the disease.
"Thankfully, no one has ever contracted the disease from eating CWD-positive wild boar, but I'd like a crystal ball to see if it's still like that in 25 years," Rinella said. who tests his animals after hunting in infected areas. "The uncertainty is tough."