Deer near Meeteetse tests positive for CWD

WYOMING – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department diagnosed chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the first time in Deer Hunt Area 118 near Meeteetse, Wyo. The discovery likely comes as no surprise as Area 118 is bordered on three sides by hunt areas where CWD has been found previously.

Game and Fish Wildlife Health Laboratory confirmed CWD in a buck white-tailed deer harvested by a hunter on Nov. 3 near Gooseberry Creek.

CWD endemic areas is growing as the disease continues to advance westward into the Wind River Range and toward Jackson Hole.

For many years Game and Fish has been asking hunters to help with monitoring  the disease by getting their harvested animals tested. Game and Fish also shares the CDC recommendation that hunters should consider getting their animals tested if harvested in a known CWD endemic area and not to consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel collected and tested more than 3,350 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years. This year Game and Fish will sample a similar number.

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