CWD regulations in Wyoming

Due to the regular amending of regulations in Wyoming, it is recommended that before hunting you check these CWD regulations, as well as those of any other states or provinces in which you will be hunting or traveling through while transporting cervid carcasses. The contact information for Wyoming can be seen below:

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Testing Laboratories in Wyoming

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory
1174 Snowy Range Road Laramie, Wyoming 82070
307-742-6638 or 800-442-8331
wyovet.uwyo.edu/

Locations Where CWD Was Found

Counties (Accurate as of 2/2016)

1. Albany 2. Big Horn 3. Carbon 4. Converse 5. Crook 6. Goshen 7. Hot Springs 8. Johnson 9. Laramie 10. Lincoln 11. Natrona 12. Niobrara 13. Platte 14. Sheridan 15. Washakie 16. Weston

Hunt Areas

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 30, 33, 34, 35, 37, 41, 55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 88, 89, 92, 98, 100, 112, 120, 125, 127, 158, 160, 167, 169, 171. Accurate as of 10/2018

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WY – Chronic wasting disease detected in Grand Teton National Park

11/21/2018 9:27:26 AM

JACKSON – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory has confirmed that an adult buck mule deer from Grand Teton National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer had been struck by a vehicle and tissue samples were collected by National Park Service personnel and submitted for testing.

Wildlife managers say that while this raises concern, the positive test result does not come as a surprise based on recent positive results for mule deer in Star Valley and Pinedale in 2017. Recent migration research has shown that some mule deer that summer in Grand Teton National Park spend winters to the east near Dubois and Cody, which have both had deer that have tested positive for CWD in recent years.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Grand Teton National Park are concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer.  The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. State, federal and other agencies within the Jackson and Greater Yellowstone area are continuing to coordinate on efforts to address CWD.

Intensive surveillance in the park has been ongoing since 2009. This has included sampling and testing, through a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish Department, of deer, elk and moose found dead in the park and elk harvested through the elk reduction program.

In 2017, Wyoming Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 samples throughout the state for CWD, a significant increase from past years, and they continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

Wyoming Game and Fish has also conducted surveillance for CWD in elk in northwest Wyoming for more than two decades. Over the last two years Game and Fish has increased surveillance for CWD at the elk feedgrounds with additional personnel. To date, no elk that visit winter feedgrounds have tested positive for the disease. However, with the discovery of CWD in Star Valley and Pinedale, Game and Fish officials believe CWD is likely to arrive in elk at feedgrounds at some point in the future.
Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

To ensure that hunters and the public are informed about CWD, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.  A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

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

(renny.mackay1@wyo.gov)

– WGFD –

WY – CWD found in a new deer hunt area near Sundance

11/14/2018

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a buck mule deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Deer Hunt Area 5. The deer was harvested south of Sundance. CWD has previously been documented in neighboring deer hunt areas and an overlapping elk hunt area.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer. The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. Recent research in Wyoming shows that it poses a threat to deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.

A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years, and continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

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

(Renny MacKay- renny.mackay1@wyo.gov)

– WGFD –
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The full article can be seen on the WY Game and Fish Department.

WY – CWD found in new deer hunt area south of Kaycee

Posted by Wyoming Game and Fish Department on 10/26/2018

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a buck deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Deer Hunt Area 169. The deer was harvested south of Kaycee. CWD has previously been documented in neighboring deer hunt areas.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer. The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. Recent research in Wyoming shows that it poses a threat to deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.

A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years, and continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

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

(Renny MacKay- (307) 777-4594)

– WGFD –

WY – CWD found in new elk hunt area near Meeteetse

8/28/2018 1:01:26 PM

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a bull elk harvested by a hunter tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Elk Hunt Area 66. The elk was killed northeast of Meeteetse and this is the first time CWD has been found in this elk hunt area.

To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish has the practice of announcing when CWD is found in a new hunt area. Additionally, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which state that hunters should strongly consider having their elk, deer and moose tested if harvested in an area where CWD is known to occur, and not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

Elk Hunt Area 66 is quite close to Elk Hunt Area 48 where CWD was first documented last year. Additionally, Game and Fish has previously confirmed CWD in deer in the deer hunt areas that overlap with this elk hunt area. A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,351 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years and continues to evaluates the new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

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

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department – 307-777-4600)

– WGFD –

Fule article can be found here:https://wgfd.wyo.gov/News/CWD-found-in-new-elk-hunt-area-near-Meeteetse

CO /WY – Long-Term Research Shows Domestic Cattle Resist Oral Exposure to Chronic Wasting Disease

May 23, 2018

Cattle fed extremely high oral doses of chronic wasting disease (CWD)-infected brain material or kept in heavily prion-contaminated facilities for 10 years showed no neurological signs of the disease.

The University of Wyoming’s Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL), the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) collaborated in the $1.5 million study. Results will be published in the July issue of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Details of the study are available at bit.ly/10yearCWD.

As part of the experiment, 41 calves were randomly distributed to WGFD pens in Sybille Canyon in Wyoming, Colorado Division of Wildlife pens in Fort Collins, the WSVL and 18 to the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.

“It was an elegant experiment in many ways,” says Hank Edwards, WGFD wildlife disease specialist. “You were taking cattle and housing them with heavily infected CWD elk and facilities. If CWD was going to jump the species barrier, it was likely you would see something in these cattle that had laid out in the pens for 10 years. That’s a big deal.”

The late Beth Williams, a veterinary sciences professor at UW, initiated the study. Authors of the article continued the research after she and husband, Tom Thorne, were killed in a motor vehicle crash in December 2004. Thorne had served as acting director of the WGFD and also had conducted CWD research.

Authors of the article are Donal O’Toole, a professor in the UW Department of Veterinary Sciences, which operates the WSVL; Michael Miller, a veterinary epidemiologist with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife; Terry Kreeger, a wildlife veterinarian with the WGFD; and Jean Jewell, a molecular biologist with the WSVL. Williams is listed as lead author.

CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting cervids: mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. An abnormal form of cellular protein, called a prion, in the central nervous system infects an animal by converting normal cellular protein into the abnormal form. Brains show a spongy degeneration, with animals displaying abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and emaciation. The disease is fatal. It is among a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). TSE in cattle also is known as mad cow disease.

The long timespan of the research is important, as CWD is a slow disease, says Mary Wood, state WGFD veterinarian.

Even in deer or elk, animals can take years to succumb to the disease, she says. If the disease were to move into a different species, such as cattle, the timeline could be even longer for infection to occur.

“Many people are used to diseases moving quickly, but CWD doesn’t do that,” Wood says. “Nothing happens quickly, which is what makes this disease so insidious. It creeps up on you. It’s subtle. By the time you realize there is a problem, the disease is so widespread and established, it’s difficult to try to address.”

Some cattle can get a form of TSE when CWD material is injected directly into their brains, particularly when it is of white-tailed or mule deer origin, O’Toole says.

He says a more important question is one Williams and collaborators asked, as it involved a more natural challenge.

“What happens in cattle when you use a more real-life scenario involving oral exposure?” O’Toole says. “Plus, we used high oral doses and heavily contaminated environments. Cattle coming out of endemic CWD areas and slaughtered for human consumption are likely to pose no risk to people, based on the 10-year study and several earlier surveillance studies.”

That should be good news to livestock producers, Wood says.

“Managing disease in animals can be incredibly challenging,” she says. “It is even more challenging when the disease infects wildlife and is shared between wildlife and livestock.”

Wyoming cattle share the range with CWD-infected cervids, with CWD seen across almost the entire state, Edwards says.

“This research indicated CWD doesn’t easily transmit to cattle. Cattle do not get the disease due to a big species barrier, which helps restrict the disease to cervids,” he says.

Some Wyoming deer populations have 20-30 percent infection rates.

“We have few tools in the toolbox to manage the disease,” Edwards says. “We are trying different management efforts to hold the prevalence level, if not reduce the spread. That’s the big thing coming up next for CWD. How do we control it in our wildlife populations?”

End of article.
Article can be found here: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2018/05/long-term-research-shows-domestic-cattle-resist-oral-exposure-to-chronic-wasting-disease.html
Study can be found here: http://www.jwildlifedis.org/doi/pdf/10.7589/2017-12-299?code=wdas-site – CATTLE (BOSTAURUS) RESIST CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE FOLLOWING ORAL INOCULATION CHALLENGE OR TEN YEARS’ NATURAL EXPOSURE IN CONTAMINATED ENVIRONMENTS

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