Can Deer Lures Spread CWD?

Recently, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board enacted a ban on the use of natural fluid lures. I recently received my North American Whitetail Magazine in which a leading authority published an interesting article titled "Dueling Over Disease: The (Chronic Wasting Disease) Debate." 

It might be important to read an authoritative opinion on the role urine may or may not play in the transmission of CWD and how the effort of the scent urine industry helps to minimize the already low risk urine conveys.
Read about Dr. Nicholas Haley's efforts athttp://www.nadefa.org/news/science-does-not-support-proposed-deer-urine-ban-vermont. He has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and works for the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathology for Kansas State University. He is regarded as one of the world's top authorities on CWD. According to Hayley, there are a number of far more likely means by which the disease can be spread into areas currently regarded as CWD-free.

In a letter to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Haley expressed that farms providing urine to the scent companies have very strict standards of health to uphold. He states urine carries a low risk of infection. Thus, he strongly feels the scent-luring industry conveys an infinitesimally small risk of introducing CWD into currently negative areas, and that other routes of introduction are at play, including dirt carried on boots; or in the wheel wells of cars after traveling to CWD-positive areas; predators and scavengers carrying CWD positive digesta; and water from streams and rivers traveling through positive areas down to negative areas, for example.
For more on the issue, go to http://www.northamericanwhitetail.com/conservation/dueling-over-disease-the-cwd-debate/

Kenneth A. Kulis
Montpelier