Chronic wasting disease working group meeting Aug. 20-22 in Casper

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming Game and Fish Department “chronic wasting disease working group” will be meeting from August 20-22 in Casper.

Chronic wasting disease “is widely distributed across Wyoming and is fatal to deer, elk and moose,” according to Game and Fish.

The working group has 32 members appointed by Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik. The group is working to provide recommendations to make changes to the Game and Fish’s chronic wasting disease management plan.

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“Working group members will explore scientific, social, economic and policy information related to CWD and deer and elk management and ways to minimize CWD in these populations,” Game and Fish says.

“During the August meeting, members will hear guest presentations from the Wyoming Department of Health and Mike Samuels, a scientist working on CWD in Wisconsin. Game and Fish wildlife managers also plan to present on how Wyoming currently manages deer and elk populations.”

The public can listen in on the meeting sessions and will have the chance to provide comment. Game and Fish will provide a full agenda online during the week of the meeting.

The meeting will take place in the Dahlia/Plumeria Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1150 North Poplar Street in Casper.