Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Wild Moose Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

The Rocky Mountain News on Sept. 30 reported that a moose killed in north-central Colorado has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first known case of a moose contracting it in the wild. Moose's solitary social habits likely provides some protection from the disease since unlike deer and elk, they don't form herds or social groups, and are less likely to become infected through saliva or contact between live animals.

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