State agencies across the country are asking hunters to assist in identifying wildlife infected with chronic wasting disease, and in some places asking them to submit samples of animals harvested, so biologists can better manage its spread.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides self-sampling kiosks as a convenient way for hunters to have their animals tested for CWD.
“Our goal is to determine where CWD is on the Wisconsin landscape,” said acting DNR Wildlife Management Bureau Director Tami Ryan. “Deer hunters have a very important role in making this enhanced effort a success. With their support, we will all gain a more current understanding of where CWD is present on the landscape.”
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Martha Williams issued a letter to hunters spelling out how they can help, and in what particular regions.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission created rules regarding the transportation of deer and elk carcasses as well as disposal regulations.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters in the Clearwater and Panhandle Regions to be especially vigilant by asking for surveillance and voluntary sample submissions. The post includes a video on how to remove lymph nodes.
Check with your local state agency for information and guidance about CWD.
(Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)