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​Wheatland businesses recognized for assisting with CWD study

December 17, 2018
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Laramie - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recognized three Wheatland businesses for their cooperation and assistance in obtaining samples from deer and elk to study Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
CWD is a chronic, fatal disease of the central nervous system in deer, elk, and moose. CWD belongs to the group of rare diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. These disorders are caused by abnormal proteins called “prions.” Over the past 30 years, Wyoming has seen CWD prevalence increase, particularly in southeastern Wyoming. For 2018, The Game and Fish Department focused on select herd units to collect critical data for a multi-jurisdiction CWD research effort. The herd units include: Sheep Mountain, Laramie Mountains, Goshen Rim, Platte Valley, Baggs, Bates Hole, South Converse, Cheyenne River, Black Hills, Upper Powder River, and Southwest Bighorns. The goal was to get samples from 100 hunter-harvested adult mule deer bucks in each of these herd units.  
Wade and John Stoll of Stoll Taxidermy and Ron Nelson of Second Nature Taxidermy collected lymph nodes from mule deer, while Harold Allbright of H’s Custom Cuts meat processing provided space for Game and Fish employees to collect samples from their customer’s harvested animals. “The cooperation of these three businesses allowed us to collect samples from more than 200 animals, which is instrumental in helping us complete our CWD research,” said Martin Hicks, the Game and Fish Department’s wildlife biologist in Wheatland. “They went above and beyond for us.” Hicks recently presented each of the businesses with a plaque and a sweatshirt from the Game and Fish Store in recognition of their cooperation.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer. The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose. Recent research in Wyoming and Colorado shows that it poses a serious threat to deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. In 2017, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,351 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years. The department continues to evaluate new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

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