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Hunters in Wyoming urged to plan proper carcass transport, disposal to limit spread of disease

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Monday, Sept. 14 that deer, elk and moose hunters should have plans in place to properly transport and dispose of carcasses this fall.

“Game and Fish cares about the future of healthy deer, elk and moose populations. Proper carcass transport and disposal helps to protect our herds and those in other states,” Wildlife Health Laboratory Supervisor Hank Edwards said.

The department says that their transport and disposal regulations aim to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease both within Wyoming and to other states.

The regulations only allow deer, elk and moose hunters to transport the following items within Wyoming, according to Game and Fish: 

-Deer, elk and moose can be transported to a camp, private residence for processing, a taxidermist, a processor or a CWD sample collection site in Wyoming provided the head and all portions of the spinal column remain at the site of kill or such parts are disposed in any approved landfill or approved incinerator in Wyoming. A listing of landfills that will accept waste from processed game animals and whole carcasses is available on the Game and Fish website. 

-Edible portions of meat with no portion of the spinal column or head attached

-Cleaned hide without the head attached

-Skull, skull plate or antlers that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue 


-Finished taxidermy mounts

Wyoming Game and Fish

Whole deer, elk and moose carcasses are prohibited from being transported out of the state.

“The only parts approved to leave the state are edible portions with no part of the spinal column or head; cleaned hide without the head; skull, skull plate or antlers that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue; teeth; or finished taxidermy mounts,” Game and Fish said. “All hunters need to check with their home states for the rules about importing deer, elk or moose from Wyoming.”

Chronic wasting disease monitoring has been conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department since 1997.

“This disease has now been identified in most deer hunt areas across Wyoming and necessitates a shift in focus of the program from detection to monitoring,” the release adds. “More information and resources for hunters on CWD is available on the Game and Fish CWD webpage.