The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports that two doe mule deer near Cody tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in April. One deer was found dead east of Wapiti in deer Hunt Area 111 and the other showed signs of the disease while wandering in Cody city limits in Hunt Area 113.
A dead doe mule deer found near Thayne in Hunt Area 145 also tested positive.
Deputy chief of the Wildlife Division Scott Edberg told media, “Seeing a deer test positive for CWD west of the Continental Divide again is concerning. We have tested thousands of deer, elk and moose in this area and have not seen a positive for many years. Game and Fish will look closely at this case to see if we can gain additional information and will continue to monitor aggressively in the area.”
Although there is no proof that CWD can be transmitted to humans, hunters are urged to wear gloves when field-dressing carcasses, bone-out the meat from the animal and minimize handling of brain and spinal cord tissue.