Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Elk Hunt Area Near Sheridan

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a cow elk has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Elk Hunt Area 37. The elk was harvested by a hunter in late December. CWD has been previously documented in deer in Deer Hunt Area 24, but this is the first time an elk has tested positive, according to a release from Wyoming Game and Fish.

Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area to ensure that hunters are informed. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that hunters not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD. A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

CWD is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. Recent research in Wyoming and Colorado shows that it may pose a threat to deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. Visit the Game and Fish website for more information on CWD transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.

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