CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Friday, Sept. 18 that chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in two hunt areas in the Sheridan Region.
“CWD was confirmed in Deer Hunt Area 25 in the Bighorn Mountains with a positive test from an adult doe mule deer that died during a Game and Fish capture operation,” the department said. “Deer Hunt Area 25 is surrounded on three sides by four known CWD positive deer hunt areas.”
“In Elk Hunt Area 123 near Wright, a sick elk was sampled by Game and Fish personnel, testing positive for CWD. Although Elk Hunt Area 123 is newly-positive for elk, the corresponding Deer Hunt Areas, 8 and 21, have been known positive since 2003 and 2019, respectively.”
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Game and Fish say they announce when chronic wasting disease is confirmed in new hunt areas to ensure that hunters are aware.
“The Centers for Disease Control recommends hunters do not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD,” the release adds. “A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website. The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose.”
Efforts to monitor chronic wasting disease are important to improving understanding of the disease and to helping Game and Fish make future management decisions.
Game and Fish are asking hunters to collect lymph node samples from deer and elk for chronic wasting disease testing this fall.
“Hunters are an important component in helping Game and Fish understand the disease and achieve CWD monitoring goals,” the release adds
The following deer and elk hunt area are specifically being targeted for chronic wasting disease monitoring:
- Deer hunt areas: 7-15, 19, 21, 29-34, 61, 74-77, 88, 89, 96, 97, 105, 106, 109, 121-124, 132, 133, 157, 163, 165, 168, 169 and 171.
- Elk hunt areas: 55, 56, 58-61, 66, 75, 77, 79, 84, 85, 88-91, 97, 98 and 102-105.
“In 2019, Game and Fish personnel tested 5,067 CWD samples and continues to evaluate new recommendations for trying to manage the disease,” the department adds. “Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease testing, transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.”