CWD Found in Washakie County Elk | Big Horn Radio Network | Wyoming

CWD Found in Washakie County

Written by on July 27, 2017

Chronic Wasting Disease has appeared in an elk in Washakie County.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says a cow elk that was found dead about 30 miles southwest of Kaycee has tested positive for CWD. The dead elk was part of the Bighorns elk movement study, which is evaluating the migrations and behaviors of elk in the Bighorn Mountains.
CWD is less common in elk than it is in deer, according to the Game and Fish Department. Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the Wildlife Division, says the disease moves very slowly, especially in elk, but this research and data they are collecting will guide their future management decisions.
The department asks for those who hunt to submit harvested animals for testing, and to report any sick animals to Game and Fish.

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