Alaska is taking steps to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease, which would devastate moose, caribou, elk and reindeer populations, says state veterinarian Bob Gerlach. A voluntary program offers CWD testing of commercial animals that died because of illness, injury or slaughter; wild animals are spot-checked; imported animals must come from herds that have been certified CWD-free for five years; and Dr. Gerlach advises hunters to follow CDC prevention guidelines.
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