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Elk Winter Feeding = Disease Facilitation

posted Jan 6, 2014, 12:50 PM by chloe owens

12/16/13, by Bruce L. Smith, The Wildlife Society News

Elk Winter Feeding = Disease Facilitation

…game farming has facilitated the spread among private herds of chronic wasting disease (CWD) – an emerging disease of North American cervids…Idaho determined that feedgrounds are not compatible with restored wolf populations.  Wolves travelled the packed snowmobile trails used by elk feeders to access snowbound feedgrounds, rendering sedentary elk easy targets…