The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease in the Cody Region. The disease was detected in a cow elk in early November.
To ensure hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when the disease is found in a new hunt area.
Elk Hunt Area 59 is in the Cody Region and overlaps areas where CWD was detected in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Continued monitoring of CWD over time is important to help Game and Fish understand the potential impacts of the disease as well as evaluate future management actions for deer and elk.
A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.
The disease is 100% fatal to deer, elk and moose that have been infected.
To date this year, Game and Fish biologists have tested over 4,700 samples from deer and elk, primarily submitted by hunters.Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease testing, transmission and regulations on the transportation and disposal of carcasses.