An infectious disease has tortured a deer across the country, leaving the animals with holes in their brains and exhausted bodies.
It is called Chronic Disease (CWD) and leaves dying animals with a zombie-like appearance.
The disease was never discovered in New Jersey. But it is distributed in the United States – it has been documented in 26 countries, including New York and Pennsylvania – and it has state officials and hunters concerned about the future of the deer in the State Garden. in Colorado in the 1960s in a herd of mules closed. The disease associated with mad cow disease affects a deer, as well as other members of the Cervid family such as elk and elk.
Karol Stanko, head of the New Jersey Wildlife Management Bureau, said deer could be sick for two years without showing any symptoms. During this time the disease eats holes in the animal's brain. The physical symptoms ̵
These symptoms have led to a "zombie" number of the disease, although scientists like Stanko and hunters believe that this description is a bad service to the seriousness of the problem.
"It's something that makes it funny, but it's not really," said Cody McLaughlin, a spokesman for the New Jersey Alliance.
There is no evidence that CWD can be contracted by people, according to Stanko.
According to the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Department, since August last year, the state has tested nearly 7500 deer for CWD since 1997. In New Jersey, no signs of the disease have yet been found.
But the disease is not that far. A deer with CWD was found in Pennsylvania and New York, according to Stanko, although New York has had no case since 2005 and is currently considered free of CWD.
McLaughlin says hunters are worried about the potential devastation of the reindeer population
"I've heard terrible stories from friends in the west and in the middle west where he destroys the herd," McLaughlin said.
New Jersey bans the import of live deer and But that's not the only step that the state has taken to prevent the spread of CWD, Stanko said. New Jersey has also issued recommendations to hunters to be careful about the deer they gather in other states. safe. "
Stanko said the state is continuing to explore the possibilities for strengthening CDW prevention measures. One step that may come: A ban on hunters to import deer carcasses in New Jersey from other countries. Michael Sol Warren can be reached on email@example.com . Follow it on Twitter @MSolDub . Find NJ.com on Facebook .
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