Abbey K. Thompson

 

 

Graduate Research Assistant (former)
Department of Wildlife Ecology
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Advisor: Michael D. Samuel

 

 

 

Education:
BS Zoology and Biological Aspects of Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2001

Graduate Research: Role of baiting and feeding in CWD transmission
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive neurological disease that has become an emerging issue in cervid health in North America.  In fall 2001, CWD was discovered in three hunter harvested male white-tailed deer in southwestern Wisconsin. As a main component of the WDNR control strategy, an emergency rule was enacted banning the practice of baiting and/or feeding of white-tailed deer.  Most wildlife experts agree that baiting and feeding of wildlife poses considerable risk for transmission of infectious disease and these aggregations provide the potential for amplified CWD transmission through direct contacts and/or environmental contamination.  Our research aims to evaluate and quantify the role of supplemental feeding and baiting in the potential direct and indirect transmission of disease in white-tailed deer and to explore the use of biomarkers as a means of further quantifying supplemental food use and the risk of disease transmission. 
 

Presentations:

Thompson, A.K., M.D. Samuel, and T.R. VanDeelen. 2005. Risk of CWD transmission associated with supplemental feeding and baiting of free-ranging white-tailed deer.  Poster. The Wildlife Society 12th Annual Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, September.

Thompson, A.K., M.D. Samuel, and T.R. VanDeelen.  2005. Risk of CWD transmission associated with supplemental feeding and baiting of free-ranging white-tailed deer. Presentation at Wisconsin District 6 Conservation Congress Meeting.  Babcock, Wisconsin, August.

Thompson, A.K., M.D. Samuel, and T.R. Van Deelen.  2005.  Risk of CWD transmission associated with supplemental feeding and baiting of free-ranging white-tailed deer.  Poster.  Second International Chronic Wasting Disease Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin, July.

Thompson, A.K., M.D. Samuel, and T. VanDeelen. 2004. Risk of CWD Transmission Associated with Supplemental Feeding and Baiting of Free-ranging White-tailed Deer. Wisconsin DNR CWD Research Meeting. Madison WI, March 24.