The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) last week confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurodegenerative prion disease that affects cervids, in a mule deer west of the Continental Divide near Bondurant, Wyoming.

“Seeing a deer test positive for CWD west of the continental divide again is concerning,” said Scott Edberg, deputy chief of wildlife for the WGFD in a press release. “Game and Fish is always concerned about the spread of CWD.”

A hunter harvested the deer—part of the Sublette mule deer herd—in an area near elk feeding grounds and not far from the National Elk Refuge. To date, CWD has not been detected in the National Elk Refuge.

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Oct 2 WGFD press release

Oct 4 PLOS One study