Jackson, WY – A moose in Star Valley has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in what state wildlife officials say is the first time the disease has been found west of the Continental Divide in northwestern Wyoming.
Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced last week that the three-year-old female moose was found last February near Bedford.
The town of Bedford is about 13 miles from the nearest state elk feedground. Many conservationists and wildlife biologists have warned that the disease could devastate elk populations if it spreads to feedgrounds where elk concentrate in the winter.
The brain disease affects deer, elk and moose, but is not known to be harmful to humans.
Game department officials say they're surprised at finding the moose had the disease because it was far from where other cases of the disease have been found.