NEWS

Elk Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Grand Teton National Park

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory confirmed on December 16 that an elk in Grand Teton National Park tested positive

12/18/2020 6:24:10 PM

Jackson - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory confirmed on December 16 that an elk in Grand Teton National Park tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The cow elk was harvested by a participant in the park’s elk reduction program and tissue samples were collected as part of the park’s mandatory testing program. This is the first elk to test positive for CWD in northwest Wyoming and in close proximity to elk feedgrounds.
 
To date, there have been no cases of CWD in humans and no strong evidence for the occurrence of CWD in people. However, experimental studies raise the concern that CWD may pose a risk to humans and suggest that it is important to prevent human exposure. Therefore, the Game and Fish and National Park Service adhere to the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that hunters not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.   
 
Wildlife managers say that while the positive test in an elk raises concern, the positive test result does not come as a surprise based on the steady progression of the disease westward across the state and the positive result for a mule deer in Grand Teton National Park in the fall of 2018. A mule deer also tested positive for CWD in Star Valley in 2016, the Pinedale area in 2017, and two mule deer in the Wyoming Range in 2020.
 
Intensive CWD surveillance of the Jackson elk herd has been ongoing since 2009. Over 4,500 CWD samples have been collected and tested for the entire Jackson elk herd with more than 1,400 samples collected through the park’s elk reduction program alone, and this is the first elk to test positive. State, federal and other agencies within the Jackson and Greater Yellowstone area will continue to coordinate on efforts to address CWD.
 
The positive test result for an elk in northwest Wyoming comes as Game and Fish and partnering federal agencies recently began a public collaborative effort to discuss the future management of elk feedgrounds in Wyoming. While Game and Fish is actively accepting public comment on state-managed elk feedgrounds through this public process, there is no plan to close any feedgrounds.
 
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.
 

(Game and Fish -Mark Gocke - 307-249-5811. Grand Teton - Denise Germann- (307.) 739.3393)

- WGFD -

  • information

Game and Fish Commission directs dollars toward mule deer

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission met this week in Cheyenne for their January meeting.

Continue reading...




South Pinedale Game Warden named 2021 Wildlife Officer of the Year

South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft has been named the 2021 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year for Wyoming.

Continue reading...




First big Wyoming hunting application deadline Jan. 31

Nonresident elk, spring turkey and Super Tag due soon

Continue reading...




WY Wildlife Taskforce to meet Jan. 25

The public is invited to attend and participate in-person or online through Zoom.

Continue reading...




Anglers encouraged to be safe on the ice

Ice on many waters may not be safe, especially with variable temperatures throughout the state. 

Continue reading...




Game and Fish Deputy Chief of Wildlife Scott Edberg retires after 31 years

Edberg is best known for his strong work ethic, enthusiastic leadership, eye for details and drive for excellence throughout his career.

Continue reading...




Governor Gordon Submits Petition To Remove Greater-Yellowstone Grizzlies from the Endangered Species List

The petition, filed with the support of Idaho and Montana, affirms that grizzly bears, by all measures, have been fully-recovered since 2003.

Continue reading...






Game and Fish Commission to meet in Cheyenne

Public invited to attend in-person, online

Continue reading...




Game and Fish Commission to pursue increased flexibility for budget investments

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted today to pursue the authority for increased flexibility to invest additional Commission funds into an alternative state-run investment pool. 

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