Cheyenne – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease in Wyoming’s Deer Hunt Area 143. The disease was detected in a buck mule deer found dead in emaciated condition in late January.

Deer Hunt Area 143 is the Pinedale Region. The area is bordered by three CWD-positive areas, 144 and 138; both of which were new areas for CWD in 2021, and Deer Hunt Area 142 confirmed positive for CWD in 2020.

To ensure hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when CWD 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 CWD.

Continued monitoring of CWD over time is important to help Game and Fish understand the potential impacts of the disease as well as evaluate future management actions for deer and elk. A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website. The disease is 100% fatal to deer, elk and moose that have been infected. In 2021, Game and Fish personnel tested 6,947 CWD lymph node samples from deer and elk— primarily submitted by hunters —  and continue to evaluate new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. 

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

(Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer – (sara.dirienzo@wyo.gov))

– WGFD –

End of article. Article courtesy of Wyoming Game & Fish Department. Full article can be found here: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/News/CWD-found-in-new-Wyoming-deer-hunt-area-(2)

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