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An elk showing symptoms of chronic wasting disease. CWD affects elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer. It's not known to be naturally transmissible to livestock or people. (Photo by Dr. Beth Williams, University of Wyoming, courtesy of CWD Alliance)

Throughout most of the Great Lakes region, there are huge numbers of white-tailed deer. Deer don't have the natural predators that they once didů so states rely on hunters to manage the deer herds. Recently, that's become even more important with the discovery of a fatal disease. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams reports there's extra pressure on hunters to keep the disease from spreading:

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Producer: Rebecca Williams
Release Date: November 15, 2004
Running Time: 4:24

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