NEWS

Chronic wasting disease detected in Grand Teton National Park

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory has confirmed that an adult buck mule deer from Grand Teton National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. 

11/21/2018 9:27:26 AM

Jackson - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory has confirmed that an adult buck mule deer from Grand Teton National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer had been struck by a vehicle and tissue samples were collected by National Park Service personnel and submitted for testing.

Wildlife managers say that while this raises concern, the positive test result does not come as a surprise based on recent positive results for mule deer in Star Valley and Pinedale in 2017. Recent migration research has shown that some mule deer that summer in Grand Teton National Park spend winters to the east near Dubois and Cody, which have both had deer that have tested positive for CWD in recent years.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Grand Teton National Park are concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer.  The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. State, federal and other agencies within the Jackson and Greater Yellowstone area are continuing to coordinate on efforts to address CWD.

Intensive surveillance in the park has been ongoing since 2009. This has included sampling and testing, through a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish Department, of deer, elk and moose found dead in the park and elk harvested through the elk reduction program.

In 2017, Wyoming Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 samples throughout the state for CWD, a significant increase from past years, and they continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. 

Wyoming Game and Fish has also conducted surveillance for CWD in elk in northwest Wyoming for more than two decades. Over the last two years Game and Fish has increased surveillance for CWD at the elk feedgrounds with additional personnel. To date, no elk that visit winter feedgrounds have tested positive for the disease. However, with the discovery of CWD in Star Valley and Pinedale, Game and Fish officials believe CWD is likely to arrive in elk at feedgrounds at some point in the future.
Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.  

To ensure that hunters and the public are informed about CWD, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.  A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.

(renny.mackay1@wyo.gov)

- WGFD -

  • information

Wyoming Outdoor Expo returns to Casper

Bring your family and friends May 7-9

Continue reading...




Black bear bait site renewal begins March 2

Black bear bait site renewals begin at 8 a.m.

Continue reading...






Game and Fish Director calls for stop to aerial gunning of mountain goats

The park intends to begin mountain goat removal today and through the weekend. 

Continue reading...




Game and Fish and WYDOT’s ‘Wildlife Crossing’ initiative to make roads safer for wildlife and drivers

Nearly 6,000 big game animals like deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats die each year from collisions

Continue reading...






Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp artwork on display in Cheyenne

Celebrate the award-winning work of local youth artists.

Continue reading...




Game and Fish hosting 2020 season setting meetings statewide

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public meetings and has opened a comment period to gather public input on several hunting season regulations.

Continue reading...




Goshen County Rooster Boosters donation provides 20,150 acres of hunting and fishing public access

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $6,500 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program.

Continue reading...




Buffalo Game Warden named 2019 Wildlife Officer of the Year

Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman was named 2019 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for Wyoming

Continue reading...




Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today

SHOP WYOMING GAME & FISH STORE   SHOP NOW!

Conserving Wildlife - Serving People