Fears Rise as Chronic Wasting Disease Strikes Colorado Deer Herds

Outlet: 5280

5280: It’s the stuff of horror films: In the 1960s, Colorado State University researchers identified a disease feasting on deer’s brains. Fear increased as scientists learned more about the sickness, which also attacks moose and elk. Called chronic wasting disease (CWD), the disorder interferes with the stricken animal’s vital functions, making it more susceptible to malnutrition, degradation, and infection.