Proper Carcass Disposal and Transport

What Should You Do if You See a Deer or Elk that Looks Sick?

Contact the local game warden, biologist, or regional Game and Fish office. In southeast Wyoming, you can also contact the Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Research Center at Sybille, (307) 322-2571

Processing and Transporting Your Harvested Deer or Elk
CWD can be transmitted from carcasses of animals that have died of CWD. To minimize this possibility the Department requires that deer and elk hunters transport only the following items from areas where CWD is known to exist:

• cut and wrapped meat
• boned meat
• animal quarters or other pieces with no portion of the spinal column or head attached
• hides without the heads
• cleaned (no meat or other tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached
• antlers with no meat or other tissue attached

The head, spine and other nervous tissue shall be left at the site of the kill or bagged and disposed of in an approved landfill.

See Wyoming Game & Fish Department General Hunting Regulations, Sections 15 & 16 for complete regulations regarding transportation, disposal, and importation of animals from known CWD areas.     

NOTE: Nothing in these requirements allows hunters to remove evidence of sex, species or horn or antler development as required in the regulations. For further information refer to the Important Hunting Information Section in the current year's deer or elk regulations.
Nonresident hunters should check with their state wildlife agency concerning local recommendations or regulations prohibiting importation of certain portions of carcasses into that state.
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