2 new Wyoming cases of chronic wasting disease

Buffalo, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says
chronic wasting disease has turned up in two northern Wyoming hunt
areas for the first time.

The department lab in Laramie confirmed this week that a bull
elk killed Oct. 21 in hunt area 35, southwest of Buffalo, tested
positive for the neurological disease.

Also, the department says a mule deer buck killed Oct. 15 in the
Spring Creek drainage southeast of Ten Sleep also tested
positive.

The disease has now been detected in nine hunting areas in the
Big Horn Basin.

Chronic wasting disease can affect moose, deer and elk.

There’s no evidence the disease is transferred to humans, but
the department recommends against eating animals that look sick or
test positive for the disease.

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