Wyoming Studies CWD Impacts on Mule Deer

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The University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab (WSVL), in conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) are involved in a multi-year project to quantify the effects of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on South Converse mule deer herd. While CWD is lethal to mule deer and other ungulates, what is not understood is the wider effects on the general population when CWD concentration increases in a localized area.

The Casper Journal has a detailed write up on the study and why it's being conducted.

"The South Converse mule deer herd, which is Hunt Area 65 south of Douglas and Glenrock, has the highest known prevalence of CWD in a deer herd anywhere in the world," said Casper WGFD biologist Justin Binfet. "CWD prevalence in the herd has increased almost every year for the last 10 years and it was found to be in 48 percent of all hunter-harvested deer in 2010. Over the same time frame, this deer population has been reduced by 50 percent. This study is looking at 'why'.


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This information is interesting to me because I will be hunting Wyoming this fall for mule deer. The area where we will be hunting is probably 150 miles from area 65 which was mentioned in the article, but it is also designated as a CWD Unit.

Looking at the map in the Wyoming application booklet, I see that out of 190 Deer Hunt Areas, at least 75 of them are designated as CWD. That disease is pretty widespread all over the state.

The friend whom I am going with has hunted there since 1994 and has taken quite a few bucks. They have never seen a deer that had anything noticeably wrong with it, but who knows?

It would be great if they could find a way to cure or prevent this disease, but when you think about it, how do you get mule deer to line up for an inoculation?