Our 2015 LSARP Project Systems Biology and Molecular Ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease is exploring how the disease is spread and how it can be detected sooner than current techniques.
Another significant part of the project involves understanding the impact of new control and management strategies. CWD has a range of social and economic impacts in Alberta that are affecting hunters, First Nations people, and the deer farming industry. For the general public there is concern about whether the prion-based disease can spread to regular livestock population or be transferred to people. There is also a basic question in the very nature of the project - researchers can't simply hike across private property as part of their work.
Freelance Broadcaster Don Hill talked with one of the Project's researchers, Martin Luckert who is a Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta.
CWD Project Progress Report - The Socioeconomic Factor