Colorado Division of Wildlife CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE UPDATE #1 2004 Submission and Testing November 1, 2004

Fall 2004 Hunting Seasons Submission Numbers

Most test results are final for the period August 28, 2004 through October 29, 2004

Between August 28, 2004 (opening of archery deer and elk season) and October 29, 2004, (when heads through the second season would be expected to have been submitted) 6,197 deer, elk, and moose heads were submitted for testing. This compares to 7,771 deer, elk, and moose heads submitted during the same time period in 2003.

The 2004 species breakdown for this period is: 2,741 deer (2,669 mule deer and 72 white-tailed deer), 3,356 elk, and 100 moose. The 2003 breakdown for this period was 3701 deer (3,589 mule deer and 112 white-tailed deer); 3,970 elk, and 100 moose.

CWD has been detected in 24 animals (17 mule deer and 7 elk), including 3 mule deer and 5 elk from outside the “established area” in northeastern Colorado.

Locations of 2004 Cases

Most of this year’s cases of CWD come from units where the disease was previously detected. There is one new GMU (Game Management Unit) for elk, although CWD was detected in deer in the unit in 2003.

The disease has not been detected in any new DAU’s (Data Analysis Units).

New GMU’s within DAU’s where CWD has previously been detected are: GMU 461 – 1 elk (detected the disease in deer last year, but not in elk).

Summary list, GMU’s with cases 2004 hunting seasons:

    Mule Deer: GMU 7 – 1 male; GMU 8 – 1 male; GMU 11 – 1 female; GMU 15 – 1 male; GMU 19 – 1 male; GMU 20 – 2 males, 3 females; GMU 29 – 2 males, 4 females; GMU 421 – 1 yearling male.

    Elk: GMU 9 – 1 male; GMU 12 – 2 males; GMU 18 – 1 male; GMU 20 – 1 female; GMU 24 – 1 female; GMU 461 – 1 female

CWD cases detected to date:

Inside Established Area Mule Deer – 14 White Tail Deer – 0 Elk – 2 Moose – 0

Outside Established Area

Mule Deer – 3 White Tail Deer – 0 Elk – 5 Moose – 0

Total CWD cases detected to date: 16 + 8 = 24 total

Mandatory Moose Submission: To date, 100 moose have been submitted by hunters for testing in 2004. CWD has not been detected in free-ranging moose.