Diseased deer in Alberta isn’t scaring away hunters from their sport, says a report from the University of Alberta.

A survey of hunters indicated that 37 per cent of them are eating deer meat even before the meat is tested for Chronic Wasting Disease at provincial labs.

Roughly 75 per cent of hunters are also sticking to their usual hunting grounds, despite the confirmed presence of the brain-wasting illness, said Natalie Zimmer, who conducted the study for her master’s degree in the university’s department of rural economy.

“They don’t perceive the threat as highly as we thought they would,” said Zimmer in a press release.

The disease is estimated to affect up to 1.6 per cent of deer herds in Alberta, according to figures from the university.

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