Colorado confirms first case of CWD in southwestern portion of the state.
Colorado has confirmed a case of chronic wasting disease or CWD in Montrose County.
The deer was actually located dead on private property near Montrose last spring. Tests confirming it was positive for the always fatal neurological disorder only just arrived. Colorado State University’s western slope vet lab confirmed the results.
CWD has been found in Colorado before, but previous positively-tested animals were in more northern and central parts of the state. This latest case is the first time the disease has been detected in an animal in the southwest part of the state. In total, the disease has been found in 77 of 186 game management units in Colorado according to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
In response to this latest discovery, CPW is encouraging hunters in game management units 62, 64 and 65 to have harvested deer, elk and moose tested by CPW for the disease. Road-killed animals can also be tested.
Even though there’s no scientific link between CWD and human health issues, officials are once again encouraging hunters to use caution when handling deer, elk and moose carcasses this fall.
Much like last year, this spring and summer has once again been filled with CWD in the headlines. Wildlife officials have confirmed multiple cases in Mississippi, Michigan, Texas and Wyoming in recent months.
In some cases, the threat of CWD has been enough to make surrounding states like Missouri to ramp up testing in response to the discovery of the disease in surrounding states.