Game and Fish Finds CWD In New Elk Hunt Area
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s chronic wasting disease (CWD)
surveillance program has found the disease in a new elk hunt area.
10/26/2015 3:04:42 PM
Green River - CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and
Staff at the Game and Fish Department’s wildlife disease laboratory in
Laramie confirmed the presence of CWD in a bull elk harvested on Oct. 7 near
Deep Creek, in elk hunt area 21, which lies about 15 miles northeast of Baggs.
Elk hunt area 21 overlaps with deer hunt area 82 where Game and Fish documented
CWD in 2002.
“We started surveillance of deer in this area in 1999, and after the
discovery of CWD in the area in 2002, prevalence rates have remained low, about
1 percent. So, it was not unexpected to have a CWD positive elk come up in this
area,” Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco said. “Consistent with the
Centers for Disease Control we do not recommend people eat deer, elk or moose
that test positive for CWD.”
Personnel in this region and statewide continue to collect samples of deer,
elk and moose through hunter field checks and at CWD sampling stations. Game and
Fish personnel collect and analyze more than 1,600 CWD samples annually
throughout the state.
Hunters who wish to have their deer, elk or moose tested for CWD outside
of the department’s CWD surveillance program can to do so by contacting the
Wyoming State Veterinary Lab at (307) 766-9925. Hunters should be aware that it
may take a few weeks after their animal is sampled to get their test
For more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and
regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses please visit the Game
and Fish website at: wgfd.wyo.gov.
(Wyoming Game and Fish (307) 875-3223 )
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