It’s illegal to leave part of the backstrap behind in Wyoming. Probably the “other cuts” too depending on what they are.I recall when Montana was CWD free and yes it had wolves too Then the very first outbreak came in the cetral part of the state near a canned hunt operation. There was a rush to close them down, but they are big money and very powerful.
We have two scenarios going on at once. An ancient one where game animmals and wolves have been interacting togther in balance. In that scenario, where there are wolves you do not have CWD. The CWD cat did not get out of the bag. Sweden, Russia and Alaska are opperating with that old scenario.
Then we have a newer scenario. Prions have always been around, in the ground, undead like vampires. The canned hunt operations have created terrible situations for infection.
New bursts of infection can come from other sources. I knew hunters. many of them, who lived in non-CWD states, then hunted in CWD states, and did not follow the rules. They just came home with quarters, spinal tissue, and the head.
All it takes is one transfer.
Deer urine scents can have CWD prions in it. Another means of transfer.
Just recently plant uptake has been recognized as a source of CWD transfer.
Look at all these hay trucks driving everwhere. If an animal with CWD prions dies there, then with time the prions will be in the alfalfa which is hauled everywhere and eaten by animals in the field like deer or elk.
In our modern world the greed of canned hunt operations and a whole group of other factors have really messed up a mess even more.
But our wilderness areas still offer a safer harbor if they have wolves playing the same role they have played for eons.
I only hunt where there are wolves. I have friend of 30 years who lives and hunts in a part of Wyoming with plenty of wolves and no CWD.
He takes an elk every year, always gets it tested and it always is negative.
Whenever he takes an elk, he leaves some cuts behind, even some backstrap as a thank you for the wolves which will be there soon. to thank them for keeping the animals he hunts and feeds to his family clean and free of CWD.
Trying to argue this point with me is futile. On my side is the wisdom of the ancient natural world and study after study coming out from one university after another.
All you have is old ideas about how bad wolves are from the cattle industry. Since when have been hunter friends anyway.
Did you know that in 1905 the cattle industry used its political power to have vetennarians intentionally release sarcoptic mange in the Rocky mountains. The intent was toliterally torture to death any wolf of other small predators.
Look up "psychedelic wolves". Wolves lose up to 40% of their hair from this mange. then they need to eat more.
I have no issue cleanly killing a animals as a hunter, but what they did was literally biological warfare. Enjoy your hamburger.