CODY - In cooperation with the Wyoming State Veterinarian's office, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is continuing brucellosis surveillance in the Cody region by collecting blood samples from hunter harvested elk.
“This is an opportunity for hunters to take an active role in helping us learn more about brucellosis in elk,” said Tim Woolley, wildlife management coordinator with the Game and Fish in Cody.
It is very important that successful elk hunters assist in the surveillance effort by taking the necessary steps to collect usable blood samples. Typically, only 50 percent of returned blood samples collected by hunters are usable. “Last year, 276 usable samples were collected from elk harvested in the Cody and Gooseberry herd units,” Woolley said. “We would like see at least that many collected this year, but hope for additional samples.”
To collect a useable blood sample, hunters should follow these tips:
- Carry your sample kit with you in the field; collect the blood sample as soon as possible.
- Blood should be collected from the neck, heart, or chest cavity.
- The blood sample should never be frozen; it should be kept cool.
- Fill out the data section on the instruction sheet, providing specific information regarding the location and major drainage of your harvest.
- Follow the packing and shipping recommendations. Use the postage-free mailer and drop it in the nearest post office box, or drop by the Cody Regional Office.
- Try to ship the sample in one to two days to prevent spoilage.
The Game and Fish is mailing blood sample kits to elk hunters in the Cody area. If you didn’t receive one and would like to help out, additional kits are available at the Meeteetse game warden station or the Game and Fish regional office in Cody. If you have questions, please contact Hank Edwards at 307-745-5865, or Tim Woolley at 307-527-7125.
(Contact: Cody Regional Office (307) 527-7125)