An elk has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Elk Hunt Area 1 in the Black Hills, according to a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).
Elk Hunt Area 1 is located in the Black Hills, bordering Elk Hunt Area 117 where CWD was detected in 2008, according to the release.
The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that hunters do not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.
WGFD is asking hunters to collect lymph node samples from deer and elk for CWD, particularly in deer hunt areas 7-15, 19, 21, 29-34, 61, 74-77, 88, 89, 96, 97, 105, 106, 109, 121-124, 132, 133, 157, 163, 165, 168, 169 and 171 and in elk-focused hunt areas 55, 56, 58-61, 66, 75, 77, 79, 84, 85, 88-91, 97, 98 and 102-105.
So far this season, WGFD has collected 44% of mule deer and 28% of elk lymph node samples toward the targeted goal.
“Each CWD sample we receive from our targeted areas is valuable for wildlife and monitoring the disease,” said Hank Edwards, Game and Fish Wildlife Health Laboratory supervisor.
Game and Fish is also interested in collecting samples from white-tailed deer from any hunt area in Wyoming.
A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.