Hunters' response to chronic wasting disease in four states
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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) found in deer, elk, and moose. Although there is no evidence to suggest that CWD can be transmitted to humans, the possibility cannot be dismissed. Given similarities between CWD and other TSE diseases that cause human death (e.g., variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease), wildlife agencies are concerned that possible unknown risks associated with CWD will erode hunters' willingness to hunt in states where the disease is found. This thesis presents two articles that examine the extent to which hunters would quit ...