As many of you are probably well aware, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was confirmed in a captive deer at a commercial deer farm in Adams County in October, 2012. A second deer from the same herd as also tested positive for CWD. Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and nervous system of infected deer (also elk and moose). It is transmitted by direct animal to animal contact and also between infected deer and the environment and other deer.
A new study of house cats allowed to roam outdoors finds that nearly one-third succeeded in capturing and killing animals. The cats, which wore special video cameras around their necks that recorded their outdoor activities, killed an average of 2.1 animals every week they were outside, but brought less than one of every four of their kills home.