Bighorn Mountains mule deer buck tests positive for chronic wasting disease

Bighorn Mountains mule deer buck tests positive for chronic wasting disease

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Mule deer

A buck mule deer, much like the one pictured here, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Deer Hunt Area 50 in the Bighorn Mountains

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a buck mule deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Deer Hunt Area 50 in the Bighorn Mountains.

The deer was harvested by a hunter in mid-October. The disease has been previously documented in deer in three adjacent hunt areas — areas 47, 51 and 52.

To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when chronic wasting disease is found in a new hunt area. The Centers for Disease Control recommends hunters do not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for the disease.

A map of chronic wasting disease endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website. The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose.

The Game and Fish is concerned about the disease and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s wildlife. The department is currently working to update the department’s chronic wasting disease management plan through a public collaborative process.

In 2018, Game and Fish personnel tested 5,280 chronic wasting disease samples during the hunting seasons, a significant increase from past years and continues to evaluate new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. Over 2,000 samples have been tested so far this hunting season.

Visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.

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