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  • Mike Bias April 7, 2022, 12:09 am

    Ben Gorman, you would do well to read something besides social media posts from you favorite outdoor bloggers. The author clearly points out these cross-species jumps were described from laboratory settings published within peer-reviewed scientific journals. The author appears to have done a comprehensive and timely search of the available published literature. EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease), though rampant in Montana last year, was primarily across the high-line of northeastern Montana along the Milk River and Missouri from Glasgow to North Dakota. Although, it was also detected along areas of the lower Yellowstone River. EHD also affects deer rapidly within a season, the infected animals usually dying quickly, and substantially easier to diagnose than CWD. Further, EHD often shows recurrence in the same areas across years. CWD on the other hand often takes months or years to manifest in an individual, has no cure, and can only be confirmed from complex analysis of dead animal tissues. Nothing in this article was sensationalized. The author has some very salient points that we, as wildlife managers, hunters, and conservationists need to take very seriously. Please, take some time, get to a University library, and read a book or two on wildlife disease or a journal before shooting your mouth off on something you clearly know little about.

  • Kyle Nye April 5, 2022, 1:52 pm

    Good article. Lots of good info in there. Glad to see some light being shed on a topic that needs more attention by the hunting community.

  • Ben Gorman April 5, 2022, 9:25 am

    So many false things in this report it’s not even funny. The epidemic that killed off thousands of whitetail deer this past year was caused by EHD dude, you don’t even have the right disease. And to report that CWD has now made the jump to cattle and primates is completely false and irresponsible. The impact of false reporting like this is astronomical and this article should be taken down.

    • Beau Ohm April 5, 2022, 10:20 am

      Ben, do you have any peer reviewed articles or studies to rebut what this article has stated? Would be interested in articulate response rather than defaming the writer.

    • Big Al 45 April 5, 2022, 10:35 am

      That’s one hell of a claim Ben.
      So, who are you, and what are your credentials?
      In addition, what are and where are your citations for your claims?????
      You owe it to everyone here and society in general to cite sources for your claim, otherwise YOU are doing what you accuse others of doing.
      Cowboy up Ben.

    • James T Nash April 5, 2022, 10:56 am

      Feel free to check out the peer reviewed scientific literature I cited on these points and provide any of the same that contradicts them.

      • JEFF April 12, 2022, 7:12 pm

        I agree with the people calling out Ben, but I am a bit confused by some of your comments, and concerned by another. First, let’s address the bleach isn’t effective thing. Bleach does indeed work to inactivated prions and clean surfaces, chunks of meat etc. need to be removed prior to cleaning. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/bleach-inactivates-infectious-disease-found-deer

        Maybe things are different in your area, but I would say there is no shortage of people trying to solve all of the issues you bring up, Universities are studying all aspects of CWD. Prions in general aren’t something new to the world of science, and are constantly being studied in people and animals alike. At the moment some of your (and my) hopes or wishes for CWD answers is a lot like bitching about a cure for cancer. I also don’t quite understand how you arrive at a conclusion live testing has not been figured out. (And some of your citations are 8 years old or older) Is it perfect? Probably not. But the facts are scientists have indeed found several ways of detecting CWD in live animals. I’m unsure how you are not aware of this as it was in just about every newspaper as a story out of Billings, Montana last year. The problem with live testing is it works great for farm raised animals, wild animals aren’t too likely to line up for testing. Proving a live animal has CWD doesn’t prove it isn’t always fatal anyway, so that argument seems a bit odd to me. On the plus side, people like you who get the word out about CWD to readers and fans helps make sure more people know about it. On the other hand, you missed the mark on some things, and that can be dangerous. I do however appreciate your articles.
        Best Regards,

    • JEFF April 13, 2022, 12:44 am

      There is always room for disagreement and discussion, and truly it should be encouraged. But your reply isn’t that. It is a poorly researched blatant, and might I add, nasty attack, for no reason. I’ll leave it up to others to slap you with some insults, but did you truly think *we would be impressed by anything less than facts or supported opinion? James was trying to spread knowledge about a subject that truly could disrupt not only big game in the wild, but everything from game farms, conservation and hunting Unfortunately our food chain supply could easily be affected should CWD jump species to bovine (that is a cow to you). So think of your audience before applying 3:00 a.m. social media skills to a real mans passion project.before you speak.

      *by we I mean people who have a true stake in this – otherwise known as hunters, game farmers, consumers and the like.
      Best of Luck to you big Ben…

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