First confirmed case of CWD in a wild mule deer

Announcement Date: February 4, 1985

The Colorado Division of Wildlife confirmed the presence of CWD in a wild mule deer for the first time.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife attempted to eliminate CWD from the Fort Collins Foothills Wildlife Research Facility by treating the soil with chlorine, removing the treated soil, and applying an additional chlorine treatment before letting the facility remain vacant for more than a year. The effort was unsuccessful.

The Wyoming Fish and Game Department identified CWD in a wild mule deer, marking the state’s first case of CWD in a wild cervid.