Chronic wasting disease turns up in a new hunt area
Laramie, WY – A mule deer shot in northeast Wyoming has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Wyoming Game and Fish officials reported that the animal was harvested from an area northeast of Gillette where the disease had not previously been found.
Chronic wasting is a neurological disease that's deadly to deer, elk and moose. Game and Fish has been asking hunters to submit samples from their animals to find out whether those animals have the disease.
Last year the disease turned up in a mule deer buck southeast of Ten Sleep and in a bull elk southwest of Buffalo.
Wildlife officials in neighboring Montana have been tracking the disease's progression in Wyoming, but no cases have yet been reported among wild animals in Montana.