CASPER – A white-tailed deer harvested in hunt area 4 east of Sundance has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The disease had not previously been detected in that hunt area. The buck deer was harvested in the Moskee area on Nov. 4.
“We’re concerned that CWD continues to spread to new parts of the state, but it’s not a surprise that CWD was found in hunt area 4,” said Scott Edberg, wildlife supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Casper Region. “The disease has previously been found to the east in South Dakota, and to the south in hunt area 6.” Area 4 borders the Wyoming/South Dakota state line and is open to general deer hunting through Nov. 20, and limited quota doe/fawn deer hunting through Nov. 30.
The Game and Fish will continue to collect as many CWD samples as possible from deer harvested in the area and killed by vehicles on adjacent highways. CWD sampling will be conducted at C&A Meats in Sundance Nov. 18-19 and 24-26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We encourage all hunters harvesting deer in northeast Wyoming to stop by a surveillance sampling station and have their animal sampled,” Edberg said.
Collecting additional samples will help the Game and Fish understand how widespread the disease is in the area.
Hunters who are not able to stop by a surveillance sampling station but still wish to have their animal tested can contact the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie at (307) 742-6638. There is a $25 fee for the test and the hunter is responsible for delivering the head to Laramie.
CWD is a fatal neurological disease that has been diagnosed in wild deer, elk and moose. Animals show no apparent signs of illness throughout much of the course of the disease. In terminal stages of CWD, animals typically are emaciated and display abnormal behavior. There is no confirmed link between CWD and any human illness. However, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that animals testing positive for CWD not be consumed. For more information on CWD, visit the Game and Fish Web site at http://gf.state.wy.us/services/education/cwd/index.asp.