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This year Wyoming, several other states and a Canadian province joined together to start a chronic wasting disease research project that could show if hunting helps control CWD. This prion disease affects deer, elk and moose. CWD is always fatal and studies have shown that it can contribute to population declines among deer in Wyoming.
The concern about CWD combined with this project have created an opportunity for the public and wildlife agencies to learn more about the disease together. Quote, “We are looking at data that is related to how we manage mule deer across the West to see if we can pinpoint a particular hunting management strategy that has an influence on CWD,” end quote, said Game and Fish Wildlife Veterinarian Mary Wood.
CWD was discovered in Wyoming more than 30 years ago and has been studied and monitored since. A recent $92,500 collaborative research grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has enabled Game and Fish and other wildlife agencies to analyze decades of CWD data along with hunting management data from key areas around the West — and much of that data has been contributed by hunters.
Wyoming volunteers are headed east to assist those expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wendy Corr from our Cody Bureau with the story.
Volunteers from Wyoming are headed to the Carolinas to assist with relief efforts from the anticipated damage that could come from Hurricane Florence.
The Category-4 storm is expected to make landfall late tomorrow or early Friday morning. More than thirty members of the Colorado & Wyoming Red Cross will be sent to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as part of the massive relief effort being staged in anticipation of the damaging winds and heavy rains that are expected from Hurricane Florence.
Florence could produce life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding & significant river flooding over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states from late this week into early next week. States of emergency have been declared in all three states, as well as Maryland and Washington D.C., as the dangerous storm makes its way toward the coast. Evacuations are widespread.
Volunteers will serve in shelters, provide snacks, meals, drinks and water from Emergency Response Vehicles and manage the logistics and operations of this massive deployment.
A U.S. judge is due to decide Thursday if two Rocky Mountain states can move forward with the first public hunts for grizzly bears in the Lower 48 in almost three decades.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana, put on hold for two weeks hunts scheduled in Idaho and Wyoming.
That order expires Thursday. Hunt opponents asked the judge for a further two-week delay, but he did not immediately rule on the request.
The U.S. Interior Department last year lifted protections on the population of about 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife advocates and Native American tribes sued to restore their protected status.
Up to 22 bears could be killed in the Wyoming hunt. Idaho is allowing one bear to be killed.