A new bill has been introuced and while not much is known about it at the moment, it’s said to target chronic wasting disease in Cervidae – something that’s currently plaguing Colorado’s deer population.
The official language regarding the bill is that it will “authorize a special resource study on the spread vectors of chronic wasting disease in Cervidae.”
Chronic wasting disease has been observed in 16% of Colorado’s male deer population in certain parts of the state (female deer weren’t included in the study). It’s always fatal, attacking the brain. Once the disease is contracted, it becomes progressive, eventually resulting in tremors, awkward movements, teeth grinding, and inevitable death. Animals impacted by the disease include deer, elk, moose, and reindeer.
The bill, H.R. 837, is sponsored by Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham.
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