Chronic wasting disease confirmed in deer killed south of Yellowstone National Park

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Chronic wasting disease testing has confirmed presence of the illness in a mule deer buck killed south of Yellowstone National Park.

Brett French Billings Gazette

Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a hunting district just south of Yellowstone National Park, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced in a Monday press release.

The always fatal neurological disease was also identified in Deer Hunt Area 144, southeast of Palisades Reservoir, and in Elk Hunt Area 41 southeast of Greybull.

“While the prevalence of CWD in northwestern Wyoming is lower than in other parts of Wyoming, it remains a concern,” said Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the wildlife division. “Efforts to plan for that inevitably are currently underway with increased surveillance for the disease as well as the Elk Feedgrounds Public Engagement Process, which includes long-term planning for disease management at elk feedgrounds.”

Chronic wasting disease is spread by contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids. The infectious agent, which are malformed proteins called prions, can remain in the environment for a long time,

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