Wyoming testing chronic wasting disease vaccine
Jackson, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is testing how well a vaccine for chronic wasting disease will work in elk.
The vaccine being tested was developed by three Canadian infectious disease centers.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports (http://bit.ly/XvmXYd ) the vaccine is being tested on 25 elk calves transported from Game and Fish's South Park feedground to the Thorne-Williams Wildlife Research Unit in Wheatland. State wildlife veterinarian Terry Kreeger says 25 more elk calves taken from the feedground will be left at the facility unvaccinated as a control group.
Kreeger says the hope is that the vaccinated elk will live longer.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease found in elk and deer.
It could take years to determine whether the vaccine is effective.