Friday's Findings - August 7 2020

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Using Models and Web Applications for Chronic Wasting Disease Scenario Planning

Date: August 7, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Paul Cross, Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

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Mule deer investigating a game camera in Madison Valley, Montana.

Mule deer investigating a game camera in Madison Valley, Montana. (Public domain.)

Summary:  Researchers at the USGS are working on developing new quantitative methods to study disease dynamics in wildlife systems as well as systems at the wildlife-domestic-human interface. Much of our work focuses on how host population structure affects disease invasion, persistence and control in wildlife disease systems. A web application has been developed for natural resource managers to simulate different hunting strategies to control the growth of chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. Preliminary analyses suggest that multiple mechanisms can explain higher CWD prevalence in males compared to females and differentiating the mechanism is important for the efficacy of male-biased harvest regimes. 

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