CWD confirmed in Johnson County Wyoming Sunday, November 1, 2009
Posted Nov 01 2009 10:00pm
CWD confirmed in Johnson County
Testing continues to determine disease’s scope
BY JUSTIN GERARD
Published: Sunday, November 1, 2009 10:05 AM CST
Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease lethal to deer, has been confirmed in Johnson County, according to officials from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Game and Fish officials have been obtaining samples for CWD testing this season at meat lockers in Buffalo and Kaycee.
Hank Edwards, pathobiologist at the Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Disease Laboratory in Laramie, said as of Oct. 22 two mule deer from an area near Ucross had been confirmed positive for CWD.
“It is early in the testing,” Edwards said, adding that more work still needs to be done before the status of CWD in Wyoming can be assessed.
About 2,000 samples have been tested and the lab is only about halfway complete with the CWD testing in Wyoming.
The agency expects more animals to be confirmed positive, especially in the southeastern part of the state.
In September, CWD was discovered in another mule deer buck on the east side of the Big Horn Mountains in Shell.
Last year, two buck mule deer tested positive for CWD near Lake DeSmet and Kaycee. Out of the 4,070 deer, elk, and moose that were sampled last year, 125 cases of CWD were confirmed in Wyoming — 95 mule deer, 14 white-tailed deer, 15 were elk and one moose.