Samples from 25 deer harvested around the state tested positive for chronic wasting disease last week. The majority of the new positive samples were from animals harvested within CWD Management Zones, where the disease is known to exist.
Two of the positive samples were from areas where the disease had not been previously detected. These include a mule deer doe harvested in hunting district 650 south of the Fort Peck Reservation, and a white-tailed buck harvested in HD 702 in Rosebud County. These two areas are adjacent to CWD Management Zones.
This brings the number of positive samples collected this year to 91, including one elk and one moose.
I thought I saw something around $15 a pop for individuals. I'm hoping FWP got a discount, but either way I applaud them for covering costs. I went to the R1 office Wednesday to have my buck lymph nodes pulled and sent in for testing. They're even mailing them from the office so all I had to do was show up. Pretty convenient.I think this is going to find that CWD is present in more places than previously known. Glad to see FWP is doing this. Anyone have any idea how much each test costs?
But do you know how many deer get tested outside the zones? I do somewhat agree though. In TX they started testing quite a few deer throughout the state 4-5 years ago, and although it was found in some new areas, it wasn’t found all over, and the vast majority of the positives have been found within pretty small regions. The containment zones here are considerably larger than the area it has been found in.That's what you would think but it seems like it stays in hotspots. We have had it in Wisconsin forever but never within 4 counties of my area.
I am not sure where you are getting your information, but in Wyoming there is only one "captive herd" and CWD was an issue in the southeast part of the state long before it got close to that captive herd which is in the north central part of the state.Until it got into captive herds, it was never an issue, although, I would bet 100 percent, that the disease has always been around.