A bull elk harvested near Meeteetse (Hunt Area 66) has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). While deer have previously tested positive for CWD in hunt area 66, this is the first confirmed case of an infected elk for hunt area 66.
If a hunter is interested in having a harvested animal tested for CWD they can contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for further details. Game and Fish Department Public Information Specialist for the Sheridan Area, Christina Schmidt says they don’t recommend eating an infected animal…
A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website.
Last year Game and Fish Department personnel tested 3,351 CWD samples throughout the state, and continues to evaluate the latest recommendations for managing the disease.