Chronic Wasting Disease affects white tail deer and elk. It occurs when abnormal protein is detected in the brain and central nervous system.
Many people have began to call this ‘Zombie Deer disease,’ because the deer start to waste away through the last few months of their life.
DNR District Wildlife Biologist, Todd Dowdy, said this nickname does not quite match the symptoms seen in deer with CWD.
“In the symptoms, you’re going to see deer that are extremely emaciated, very poor looking, act lethargic, disoriented, almost similar to dementia,” Dowdy explained.
Dowdy warns hunters to be aware of regulations in any area they go hunting to protect themselves from the disease. He also said that CWD is still being heavily researched.