Deer - Pinedale
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WYOMING — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has confirmed a new deer hunt area that is positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD was confirmed in Deer Hunt Area 138 with a positive test from a mule deer buck that was found dead. Deer Hunt Area 138 is southeast of Pinedale, bordered by Deer Hunt Area 139 to the north and Deer Hunt Area 171 to the northeast where CWD was confirmed in 2017 and 2015, respectively.

To ensure that 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 fatal to deer, elk, and moose.

In 2020, Game and Fish personnel tested over 6,300 CWD samples and continues to evaluate new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.