Title

Managing Chronic Wasting Disease in America: A Policy Analysis

Date of Award

5-19-2005

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Steven Bissell

Keywords

cervid disease management; Cervidae -- Conservation -- United States; Cervidae -- Diseases -- Treatment; chronic wasting disease; Chronic wasting disease -- Government policy -- United States; Chronic wasting disease -- Treatment; CWD; policy analysis; wildlife management

Abstract

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been prevalent in Colorado and Wyoming free-ranging deer and elk since 1981. For 18 years the disease had not been documented in free-ranging cervid populations outside these two states. However, since 2001, CWD has been found in free-ranging cervid populations in six other states and crossed the boundary of the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. Wildlife managers in these states have been forced to develop plans to fend off an infectious disease with an uncertain epidemiology. This project investigates the CWD management plans of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Illinois to assess the efficiency of each state's program as they attempt to minimize the threat to their own natural resources and those of adjacent states.

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