Deer on western Bighorns has chronic wasting

Cody, Wyo. (AP) – A mule deer buck killed on the west slope of
the Bighorn Mountains has tested positive for chronic wasting
disease.

The buck was killed last month in hunt area 46, in the Shell
Creek drainage about 14 miles east of the town of Shell.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says that the closest
previously known area with the disease was about 35 to 40 miles to
the east, on the eastern slope of the Bighorns.

The game department says major health organizations have said
the risk of humans contracting disease from infected wildlife
appears to be low. However, they say that people shouldn’t eat
animals that look sick or that test positive for chronic wasting
disease.

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