WYOMING \u2013 The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is addressing increased concerns about chronic wasting disease (CWD) through a new public working group and is asking for membership applications.\u00a0CWD is widely distributed across Wyoming and is fatal to deer, elk and moose.\r\n\r\nThe working group, through facilitation supported by the Ruckelshaus Institute, Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources with the University of Wyoming, will develop recommendations to revise Game and Fish\u2019s CWD management plan.\u00a0Applications to the group open on March 19, 2019 online.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe value the knowledge and voice of \u00a0our partners in CWD management,\u201d said Scott Edberg, acting chief of the Game and Fish wildlife division. \u201cThis working group is intended to represent people from a diverse range of backgrounds, industries and professions as Game and Fish expands it efforts to address CWD.\u201d\r\n\r\nGame and Fish is seeking individuals to apply to the working group from:\r\n\r\n \tLocal government\r\n \tGovernor\u2019s office\r\n \tLegislator\r\n \tAgriculture\/landowner community\r\n \tWyoming Game and Fish Department\r\n \tOutdoor media\r\n \tOutfitting businesses\r\n \tFederal agencies\r\n \tState agencies\r\n \tSportspeople\r\n \tConservation NGOs\r\n \tScientists\r\n \tGeneral public\r\n \tWyoming Game and Fish Commission\r\n\r\nIf selected, committee members will be expected to:\r\n\r\n \tShare information with\/from the working group with the public as well as the organizations, groups, affiliations and businesses they represent\r\n \tAttend all working group meetings and participate in local CWD public meetings\r\n \tHave the ability and willingness to use scientific, social, economic, and technical information in the deliberations and recommendation process\r\n \tHave the ability and willingness to negotiate in good faith during the working group process.\r\n\r\nIf the applicant is representing a group, organization, business or affiliation, the organization must confirm the applicant as suitable representation. All working group members will be responsible for expenses associated with participation and travel.\r\n\r\nThe CWD working group will meet several times throughout the year and into 2020. A detailed listing of dates and locations can be found on the\u00a0CWD working group website\u00a0and in the online application. During the meetings, working group members will explore scientific, social, economic and policy information related to CWD and deer and elk management and ways to minimize CWD in these populations. Recommendations generated from the group will be provided to Game and Fish for consideration into the department\u2019s revised CWD management plan.\r\n\r\nThe deadline to submit a working group membership application is April 5. Members of the working group will be appointed by the Game and Fish director with a term through Dec. 31, 2020.