Deer Lure Could Spread Wasting Disease to Herds


With deer season fast approaching, bow hunters in particular should be wary of the lures they use to attract deer. Some popular deer urine lures could contain Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an always fatal, debilitating disease similar to mad cow disease. CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species including moose, elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. Deer can spread the disease among themselves before symptoms develop, and symptoms may not develop for up to two years.

Urine lures are used by some bow hunters to bring the deer in closer. The urine is spread on trees, plants, and soil. Specialists are not certain what exactly causes CWD, but have identified a protein found in the urine, feces, and saliva of infected animals believed to be the cause and catalyst for infection and transmission of the disease to other deer.

Production and sale of urine lures are not regulated by any state or federal facility. Companies who sell the lures collect the urine through grates that cannot prevent contamination of CWD. The lures cannot be chemically treated because it would lose the desired natural scent key to the product. Once the contaminated urine is spread onto soil, plants, and trees, the infected protein can stay in the soil for years, contaminating favorite hunting grounds.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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