Targeted CWD Surveillance Reveals New Area of Infection
SARATOGA – A sick looking mule deer collected in Saratoga Aug. 14 tested
positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
“The deer was taken in deer Hunt Area 80 outside the CWD Zone, the area
where CWD was known to occur,” says Bob Lanka, Wyoming Game and Fish
Department Laramie Region Wildlife Coordinator.
Saratoga Game Warden Biff Burton received a report of a deer that
exhibited signs of chronic wasting disease, a rare, but fatal disease
affecting the brains of mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk.
After seeing the deer, Burton collected it as part of the G&F’s ongoing
CWD targeted surveillance program. The targeted surveillance program
focuses on G&F personnel collecting deer that exhibit signs of CWD.
“Harvesting and testing animals that exhibit signs of CWD often shows we
have CWD in an area before hunter harvest surveillance does,” says Lanka,
“allowing us to better determine the extent of the disease.”
The G&F plans to collect more deer from the area to learn more about the
distribution of CWD in and around Saratoga.
“Research indicates that infected animals tend to be found in localized
groups or clusters,” said Lanka. “Sampling a small number of deer near
where the positive was found is reasonable response to this development,
and is based on the best available science. The collection will have no
impact on the Platte Valley deer population,” says Lanka.
The G&F plans to use information gathered at this site, along with check
station information gathered Oct. 1-5 to determine if future action will
The World Health Organization says there is no evidence that CWD in deer
and elk is transmitted to humans, but they further state no part or
product of any animal with evidence of CWD or other TSEs should be fed to
any species (human or any domestic or captive animal).
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