Hunter Ed Course Provides the Facts for Deer Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

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Hunter Ed Course answers the question: “Is it time for deer hunters to panic?” on the new regarding the facts for deer hunters about Chronic Wasting Disease.

Hunter Ed Course Wildlife Biologist and Agency Director, Gary Berlin shares the facts on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) for deer hunters on the new Hunter Ed Course blog posting on the subject.

A wild Michigan deer recently tested positive for CWD, so cases of CWD infected deer have been identified in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.

Hunter Ed Course answers the question: “Is it time for deer hunters to panic?” on the new

Hunter Ed Course Partner and Agency Director, Gary Berlin a Wildlife Biologist by training, doesn’t believe it is time to panic, but deer hunters need to know the facts. If a hunter knows the facts, there is no need to panic.

For hunters in states where CWD has been diagnosed, it is suggested that hunters contact their State Department of Natural Resources for information and publications that will safely guide the hunter through the process of handling an animal taken in a CWD positive area.

CWD is a neurological disease that to-date has only been found in the cervid (deer) family: white-tailed and mule deer, along with elk and moose. The disease damages portions of the animal’s brain and typically causes rapid weight loss, behavioral changes, excessive salivation and death. Not every animal found in a CWD positive area will have the ailment, as only a relatively small number of animals are infected.

However, caution is urged for all hunters harvesting animals in an area where CWD has been detected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there have been no verified cases of humans contracting CWD by coming in contact or consuming an infected animal. Even with the assurance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hunters should still be cautious and avoid shooting animals that appear sick and do not eat meat from animals known to be infected with CWD.

As the article notes, the Hunter Ed Course online hunter safety course teaches proper field dressing of the harvest and notes the importance of proper carcass handling and transportation advisories or regulations required by the state.

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Gary Berlin is a Partner of, the leading provider of online hunter education as required in all 50 states for most new hunters. Gary spent twenty-five years with the Colorado Division of Wildlife in positions ranging from District Wildlife Manager to Investigator to Human Resource Manager and Training Director. Gary has been a certified hunter education instructor for 34 years achieving the Master Instructor level.

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