Hunters in Missouri and Kansas wait the whole year for the hunting season. However, hunting might seem easy but it isn’t in real life. There are several factors that come into play and one such factor has recently been brought into the forefront by CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This warning states that humans could possibly contract tuberculosis if they come across or hunt down a deer infected with it.
The Wildlife Disease Coordinator, Shane Hesting, with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism mentioned that they haven’t obtained any reports for tuberculosis happening with the deer population at Kansas or Missouri. However, other states such as Michigan or Montana have surely reported the presence of this disease which could be a result of the recent and drastic climatic changes.
Hesting also added that back in 1800s, several people moved shifted to the drier climates as bacteria is known to thrive exponentially within wetter climates. Hunters need to look out for manifestation of the disease with signs such as thinness, maceration, staggering, as well as lack of fear from humans. If any of these signs are noted, they need to stay away from hunting in those areas.