Six of the seven states that border Kentucky have animals that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, but thanks to the latest round of testing the Bluegrass State remains CWD free.
CWD is caused by abnormal proteins called prions and it affects white-tailed deer, elk, moose, mule deer and caribou (cervids). There is no known cure or vaccine and it is always fatal in infected cervids. The disease has spread to more than half the states in the country since it was first recorded in Colorado in the 1960s.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ monitoring of the state’s deer and elk herd for chronic wasting disease (CWD) will be among the topics covered at four public CWD forums planned across the state in the coming weeks.
The first of these informative community forums is scheduled at 6 – 8 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Camp John Currie dining hall, 295 Camp Currie Road. The camp is on the shore of Kentucky Lake. Times, dates and locations for the remaining forums will be announced later.
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(Photo source: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife)