Tracing the Spread
CWD was originally discovered in captured deer in Colorado in the 1960s. It was fist discovered in wild deer in 1981. It's been with us ever since. The disease has now been found in 20 states (including Virginia) and two provinces and is commonly perceived to be the number one threat to deer herds today. Symptoms include: erratic behavior, a weakened condition, excessive saliva, dramatic weight loss, and extreme thirst. Stopping a CWD outbreak from spreading has proven next to impossible even though millions are spent on CWD containment.