CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging hunters to properly dispose of animal parts this fall in order to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
Game and Fish said on Wednesday that it is illegal to dump carcasses or other refuse on public lands in Wyoming.
“Hunters are encouraged to properly dispose of animal carcasses at an approved facility,” the department said. “A map of approved facilities across the state can be found on the Game and Fish website.”
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“Hunters are encouraged to contact the facility they are interested in for any special requirements. Contact information, location and business hours can be found by clicking on the specific facility on the map.”
People transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses need to follow special rules to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
“CWD can be transmitted from carcasses of animals that have been harvested by hunters and are positive for CWD,” Game and Fish said. “The majority of CWD-positive animals that are harvested appear completely normal and healthy.”
Deer, elk and moose hunters are only allowed to transport the following within Wyoming:
• Whole carcasses can be transported to a camp, private residence for processing, a taxidermist, a processor, or a CWD sample collection site in Wyoming provided that 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 WyomingWyoming Game and Fish Department
• Cut and wrapped meat
• Edible portions 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
“Whole deer, elk and moose carcasses cannot be transported out of Wyoming,” Game and Fish adds. “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. While these parts are permitted to leave Wyoming, not all states regulations align with this.”
Game and Fish notes that the requirements do not allow hunters to remove evidence of an animal’s sex, species, horn or antler development.
“For further information, refer to the Important Hunting Information Section in the current year’s deer or elk regulations,” the department said.