Mule deer contact rates

We will quantify deer contact rates using new global positioning-proximity collars on mule deer to model the effects of sex, genetic relatedness, local deer density, habitat type/configuration on direct and indirect contact rates. We will use this data to predict changes in CWD prevalence and assess the potential importance of direct and indirect transmission under different population densities and environmental conditions to subsequently advise management decisions. Our research is integral to Alberta’s proactive and adaptive management approach to addressing CWD spread in Alberta and informing the CWD National Strategy.