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CWD won’t wipe out elk herds, study says - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Environmental

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CWD won’t wipe out elk herds, study says

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Limited or no hunting would allow even infected herds to survive, even increase.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:30 am

New research published in the journal Ecosphere suggests that chronic wasting disease would not catastrophically collapse elk populations were it to reach northwest Wyoming.

The study, “Chronic wasting disease model of genetic selection favoring prolonged survival in Rocky Mountain elk,” is one of the first scientific attempts to project the prevalence of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in elk herds that congregate to feed each winter. Its findings suggest that fed, concentrated elk herds won’t be wiped out and eventually will bounce back if the disease reaches them and managers respond by reducing hunting pressure.

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