Can you imagine Bambi turning into a Zombie and ripping apart Thumper? Well its happening as we speak in 25 different states!
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), can cause aggressiveness towards humans that they once feared.
Picture that scene on "I Am Legend" where the big scary zombie guy doesn't care that he's getting a brutal sun burn from being in the light because, Will Smith, trapped his zombie wife for research purposes.
This neurological illness affects deer, elk, mule, moose, and white-tailed deer. Did I mention that this disease is incurable? Yeah...
Even though no reported human cases have come to light , Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota says in a report on the website Popular Science ,"its possible that human cases will be documented in the years ahead if we consume this contaminated meat."
With no vaccines or treatments available we should probably leave Bambi and his cousins alone before we cause an actual deer zombie apocalypse. However, if you can't get enough of your venison, here's a pro tip; leave the animals that look sick or are actively acting you, alone. Also try to minimize how often you're touching the organs especially the brain and spinal chord. No cases have been reported in Florida yet and I'd like to keep it that way, Cool.....thanks!
Here's a list of states that have had reported cases of CWD according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife fact sheet:
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia