Chronic Wasting Disease Tips For Hunters

Casper, Wyoming -Chronic Wasting Disease is common among deer, but tonight a new study says it could possibly affect other species. Game and fish keeping track of the disease.

It's a disease responsible for killing hundreds of deer every year in the cowboy state could potentially be spreading to other species.

“That's the first time it's been demonstrated to infect a non cervidae, a non member of the deer family. It’s a concerning development and it’s one that we're gonna follow closely,” said Justin Binfet with Wyoming Game & Fish.

Game and fish officials say they've recently seen an increase of the fatal disease here in Wyoming. The virus common among deer but it's not easy to detect.

“It's kind of an insidious disease in that it has a really long incubation period so animals can have the disease from a year and a half to two years before they show any clinical signs,” said Binfet.

We spoke to one hunter who had a first hand account of how the disease affected a bull elk.

“The first thing that I saw was that his stance. His stance was, he was spread legged with his head down and he was not frothing at the mouth, but certainly saliva was dripping out,” said Hewey Sanfort

The CDC and Game and Fish say, if a hunter should kill an animal with CWD, the meat cannot be eaten.

“We've always maintained our recommendation is absolutely, without a doubt, if your animal test positive we recommend you do not consume it. That recommendation is really not ours, it comes from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.>

With hunting season in full swing, Game and Fish tells us, if you're concerned your game could be infected, you can get it tested and wait to get the results.

“We recommend, hunters if they're really concerned, just quarter and freeze their animal and await test results if you want or get it processed and just be aware results won’t be back in time.” said Binfet.