The Gillete News Record is reporting that a Mule Deer shot East of Sheridan on Oct. 1st tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Mule Deerwas shot near the town of Ucross Wyoming.
CWD is a disease that affects the brain and nervous systems of Deer, Elk and Moose.
CWD is not new to Wyoming. It has been found in the Southeastern part of the State for a number of years and some were found near Sundance in 2006. However, from what I can tell, this is the first case coming out of the Northeast part of the State from a Mule Deer.
As a result of this finding, Wyoming Game Management Unit 23 will be added to the known Wyoming counties where the disease has shown up.
Fish & Wildlife has stated that the area will remain open and they plan to take additional samples from Mule Deer taken from the area.
Hunters killing Mule Deer, Elk or Moose that exhibit the signs of CWD should not eat them.
Although it’s thought that CWD does not affect humans, it’s 100% fatal to members of the Deer family. Here are the symptoms of Chronic Wasting Disease.
- Extreme weight loss
- Excessive salivation, drooling, drinking or urination
- Lowering of the head
- Blank facial expressions
- Repetitive walking in set patterns
- Lack of coordination or other displays of neurological disease
Some States, such as North Carolina, prohibit Game Animals from being imported from States with known cases of Chronic Wasting Disease. It's best to check with your State's Game and Fish Dept. before bringing a Game Animal home from one of the known states that have cases of CWD.