Effect of Scavenger Diversity on the Rate of Carrion Decomposition, The
Carrion is a common sight on the landscape in southwestern Wyoming. Its presence can be problematic in the fight to control the spread of disease. One disease of particular concern in the area is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Studies have shown that the carcasses of dead deer are frequently visited by living deer during decomposition and that CWD can be transmitted for up to two years after death. The presence of scavengers on a landscape could be problematic to disease control if remains are scattered but may prove helpful if the rate of decomposition is significantly expedited. It is reasonable ...
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