How Much Should You Worry About ‘Zombie’ Deer? – Lifehacker

Chronic wasting disease has now been reported in deer, elk, and moose in 24 states, according to the CDC. The disease isn’t new, but its nickname is: you can now read sensational headlines about “zombie deer.” What is CWD? Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease that affects a deer’s brain and nervous system. It’s sort of like a deer version of BSE, famously known in the 1990s as “mad cow” disease. Advertisement The cows weren’t mad and the deer aren’t zombies: Over time the disease causes animals to stumble, drool, and behave in unusual ways (not running away from ...

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