Two new Wyoming cases of chronic wasting disease

Buffalo, Wyo. – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says chronic wasting disease has turned up in two northern Wyoming hunt areas for the first time.

The department lab in Laramie confirmed this week that a bull elk killed Oct. 21 in hunt area 35, southwest of Buffalo, tested positive for the neurological disease. Also, the department says a mule deer buck killed Oct. 15 in the Spring Creek drainage southeast of Ten Sleep also tested positive.

The disease has now been detected in nine hunting areas in the Big Horn Basin.

Chronic wasting disease can affect moose, deer and elk. There's no evidence the disease is transferred to humans, but the department recommends against eating animals that look sick or test positive for the disease.