CWD Still Spreading

Kaycee, WY – Two areas near Kaycee are the latest where the Game and Fish Department has found chronic wasting disease. Wildlife Disease Specialist Hank Edwards says this is further evidence that the disease is spreading within the state. But Edwards has a note of caution. He says just because chronic wasting was found on the eastern slope of the Bighorns, doesn't mean it is present there at the same levels as on the eastern slope of the Laramie Range, where CWD has been for decades. Edwards says Game and Fish will try to harvest more deer from the areas near Kaycee. The same was done this fall near Worland and Newcastle, where CWD was found for the first time a year ago. Edwards says there were no positive cases this year near Worland. One of the two Newcastle hunt areas did have a repeat infection this year. Edwards says they've tested about 35-hundred samples with 78 positive cases. He says the vast majority of those cases are from parts of the state where chronic wasting has been present for years.