Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is October 6, 2015
home newssports feature opinion fyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » December 29, 2011 » Carbon County News » Chronic wasting disease in new area, but not a serious pr...
Published 1,377 days ago

Chronic wasting disease in new area, but not a serious problem yet, Wildlife Resources advises

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

A deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been found in a new area in Utah. That's not a surprise, though -- the new area is next to an area where the disease has been for years.

Technicians at the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Logan have finished testing tissue samples taken from more than 1,200 deer, elk and moose this fall.

Hunters across Utah took the animals, and biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources collected the samples.

One of the deer that was taken on the San Juan deer hunting unit in southeastern Utah tested positive for the disease. This is the first time a deer from the unit has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Leslie McFarlane, wildlife disease coordinator for the DWR, says she's not surprised that a deer from the San Juan unit tested positive for CWD. "We've found deer with CWD on the La Sal Mountains," she says. "The La Sal Mountains are just north of the San Juan unit."

Most deer disease free

Fortunately for Utah's deer herds, CWD is not widespread. Since 2002, almost 19,000 deer have been tested in the state. Of the nearly 19,000 deer, only 54 tested positive for CWD.

The 54 deer came from three major areas in Utah: Southeastern, 38; Central, 10; Northeastern, 6.

To date, only one elk -- a cow taken on the La Sal Mountains in 2009 -- has tested positive. CWD has never been found in a moose in Utah.

CWD is fatal to deer, elk and moose. But there's no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans.

More information is available at and at

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

Top of Page

Carbon County News  
December 29, 2011
Recent Local News
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories

Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us