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From: nina bossert (70-59-202-85.clsp.qwest.net)
Subject: CWD in S. Colorado - oh, the mystery of it!
Date: February 4, 2005 at 7:50 am PST

I was reading the Gazette, the Colorado Springs paper. conserhttp://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1305711
I rarely find any articles on BSE or CWD in here (probably to spare the feelings of the ranchers and hunters out here in a very conservative part of the country). But today,it was big front page news.
What concerned me was that the article was all about the poor elk rancher, that his elk were going to be destroyed because "only" one was found positive (no mention by the reporters that it can spread from cervid to cervid by contact with infected animals or pens infected elk have lived in).
"...there's no evidence that chronic wasting disease is a risk to human health"
"Right now, there's not a definative answer of how it spreads, how it originates." "It's definately one of those things we can't explain."
(both quotes from Linh Truong, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Agriculture).
By keeping the reading public ignorant of the facts, this article made it sound as if it wasn't that bad, just an elk here and there. The rancher is quoted, "It's terrible. I have 300-plus head of healthy elk here, and they quarantine me?" (one bull tested positive for CWD).
If he doesn't sell his breeding stock to the government, he must quarantine them for five years, unable to sell them elsewhere.
No mention in the article as to why moving breeding stock around the state would be a bad idea.
No mention of how sick deer in Ft. Collins were released into NW Colorado after being studied in pens.
Also- another article last week said someone bagged a mule deer that tested positive for CWD on Ft Carson (southside of Colorado Springs). The man isn't going to eat the meat, but he is going to mount the head. Any thoughts on that?



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