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    I think coyotes are more likely to contract than buzzards/vultures simply because coyotes are mammals and are genetically more similar to cervids than are birds. However, I'm not a geneticist and I'm certainly not a neurobiologist. I'm not sure how similar the protein structures are between canid species, cervids and birds. Some mammalian species show a resistance to misfolding of the protein that causes cwd
    Unfortunately if the articles I've read recently are any indication humans are susceptible to misfolded proteins- as in cjd) even if there hasn't been a documented case of cwd transmission yet.

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    Honestly there's a lot more things to worry about in the world than CWD at this point. You can't live in a bubble. You come into contact with things that could kill you every day. If you hunt, get your kill tested. I mean thousands die from constipation every year!

    8 surprisingly common causes of death - Business Insider

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    If I'm constipated to the point that it becomes life threatening I really hope I just take a laxative. Unfortunately you can't just gulp some prune juice with your cwd laden backstrap cutlets to resolve the issue.

    Of the many people who ate "mad cow" burgers years ago only a handful contracted bovine variant CJD. Given an informed choice I'd stay away from those too. Odds are that I'd be OK, but it would really suck to be one of the people who got sick.

    Besides which, the problem with cwd isn't simply the deer getting sick, its that they contaminate the environment so that many more animals contract the disease over a long period of time. Eliminting the infected deer hasn't worked because of the environmental contamination. Treating cwd like a virus hasn't worked and will not work for this reason. It doesn't break down in the environment (at least not quickly enough to prevent reinfection), and where there's quality habitat, if you eliminate the local deer more will move in and end up with the same disease even though there were no infected deer for direct transmission to take place.
    Last edited by fordguy; 11-14-2017 at 02:49 PM.

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    at almost 56 years young I probably don't have much big game hunting left in me but would like to quit when I think its time and not because of a disease,squirrel brains can contain a form of it also so they advise folks to not eat them any more.My grandmothers favorite part was the brain,off to a bad start this season,gun opens Saturday

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    I've heard of the potential connection to squirrel brains and though I've hunted and eaten a lot of squirrels I've never tried the brain. I'm probably not going to give up hunting, I'll just hunt where they haven't found cwd yet. Its definitely going to be a stretch for the budget. All boils down to the level of risk that you're willing to accept. Tough coming to grips with the slow loss of family traditions.

 

 
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