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Chronic Wasting Disease Drives Population Decline of White-Tailed Deer

Overview of attention for article published in PLOS ONE, August 2016
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Title
Chronic Wasting Disease Drives Population Decline of White-Tailed Deer
Published in
PLOS ONE, August 2016
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0161127
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Authors

David R. Edmunds, Matthew J. Kauffman, Brant A. Schumaker, Frederick G. Lindzey, Walter E. Cook, Terry J. Kreeger, Ronald G. Grogan, Todd E. Cornish

Abstract

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an invariably fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose. Despite a 100% fatality rate, areas of high prevalence, and increasingly expanding geographic endemic areas, little is known about the population-level effects of CWD in deer. To investigate these effects, we tested the null hypothesis that high prevalence CWD did not negatively impact white-tailed deer population sustainability. The specific objectives of the study were to monitor CWD-positive and CWD-negative white-tailed deer in a high-prevalence CWD area longitudinally via radio-telemetry and global positioning system (GPS) collars. For the two populations, we determined the following: a) demographic and disease indices, b) annual survival, and c) finite rate of population growth (λ). The CWD prevalence was higher in females (42%) than males (28.8%) and hunter harvest and clinical CWD were the most frequent causes of mortality, with CWD-positive deer over-represented in harvest and total mortalities. Survival was significantly lower for CWD-positive deer and separately by sex; CWD-positive deer were 4.5 times more likely to die annually than CWD-negative deer while bucks were 1.7 times more likely to die than does. Population λ was 0.896 (0.859-0.980), which indicated a 10.4% annual decline. We show that a chronic disease that becomes endemic in wildlife populations has the potential to be population-limiting and the strong population-level effects of CWD suggest affected populations are not sustainable at high disease prevalence under current harvest levels.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 174 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 34 19%
Researcher 31 18%
Student > Bachelor 25 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 13%
Other 8 5%
Other 25 14%
Unknown 30 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 64 37%
Environmental Science 19 11%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 18 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 3%
Other 19 11%
Unknown 38 22%

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