Those who enjoy hunting need to be aware of the possibility of shooting down infected deer. Alabama is known to be one of the states in which whitetail deer are very wide spread. During the deer hunting season, a lot of passionate hunters visit other areas from Canada and the Midwest. In those locations, deer grow to be bigger than those from any other place in the South.
- Hunters need to obey some regulations to not boost the infection with CWD.
- This type of illness is affecting the central nervous system of deer.
Unfortunately, this year, the deer hunting season could be affected by the new chronic wasting disease (CWD) which spread among deer in the area. Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has imposed strict regulations to protect the deer herds from this terrible illness which is affecting them.
This type of disease which infected deer is extremely contagious, developing to being fatal. The disease spread among a high number of whitetail deer during the last period. The ADCNR has charged a hunter who violated the imposed regulations and brought the carcass of an infected deer from Illinois to Alabama. The hunter is Larry Durham from Jackson County. He had also violated Illinois rules by hunting the deer using an unsuitable tag.
The carcass of the animals was dispatched to Auburn University to be tested for CWD. The terrible disease affects the central nervous system of the whitetails. Based on data gathered by ADCNR, once the illness affects the environment, it is unattainable to eradicate it. An anonymous person was the one who announced the ADCNR about Durham’s situation, thus helping at charging the irresponsible hunter.
Chris Champion, a Senior Conservation Enforcement Officer with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) District Office, has argued that the caller was aware of the CWD ban and he had immediately announced the authorities, enabling them to solve the matter. By taking into consideration the anonymous tip, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and WFF intended to trace the location of Durham, catching him before entering Alabama.
The WFF Law Enforcement Chief, Kevin Dodd argued that it is every resident’s duty to protect their deer herds from CWD. Every inhabitant in that area should be aware of the risks, fighting to protect the environment and ecosystems of Alabama from getting infected. Studies have proved that CWD does not affect humans, but can kill a broad range of deer in a short time.
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