Wyoming CWD Draft Plan Released 12/2/19

The need for to find an effective management plan is imperative. 
Some modeling efforts have predicted CWD would lead to the affected deer herds extinction (Gross and Miller 2001), while other research suggests certain populations may be able to survive, bolstered by genetic selection.  Regardless of the research you chose it indicates CWD Is likely to have significant imapct on cervid popultions.  Management efforts will be designed to reduce the spread and prevalence of CWD and all efforts appear to take local sportsman considerations into account.  We need to be engaged in this process if we want to influence the outcome.

Below are a few of the consensus agreements from the working group.

  • We recommend the WY Legislature provide the WGF Commission the authority to regulate the intentional private feeding of wild cervids, unless otherwise specified in law or authorized by the WGFD.
  • We recommend the WY legislature provide authorization for use of existing funds to be used by local solid waste operators to properly dispose of cervid remains to reduce CWD prion prevalence.
  • We recommend the WY Legislature provides statutory authority to the WGF Commission to regulate the use of cervid urine.

Working Group Suggests: Specific management decisions should be determined at the local level and tailored to the population unit. Ensure education and outreach in order to gain and maintain public support for the CWD management actions. The following management recommendations are supported by this working group and should be considered either alone or in combination.

  • Option 1: Increase mature buck harvest in order to lower CWD prevalence from current levels by a percentage deemed appropriate through local processes and with consideration to the WAFWA Document.
  • Option 2: Alter the timing of buck harvest in order to increase harvest of mature bucks. E.g. taking advantage of seasonal behaviors.
  • Option 3: Reduce cervid populations to measurably decrease densities within an area of concern (e.g. herd unit, hunt area, portion of a hunt area). Maintain reduced densities for the appropriate amount of time to adequately evaluate effects on CWD (i.e. greater than 10 years). This may require a sustained increase in female harvest. Density and harvest goals must be clearly articulated and developed with public input prior to and during implementation.
  • Option 4: Where possible, reduce areas of artificial concentration of cervids (feed, mineral, salt, water etc.) by working with landowners, producers, local, state and federal agencies.
  • Option 5: Utilize a robust monitoring program to identify areas with a high density of CWD positive cervids (i.e. “hot spots”). Develop and implement lethal removal strategies to maximize removal of cervids (male and female) around locations of known “hot spots”, including but not limited to hunter harvest (preferred), targeted agency removal, and other designated methods.Please read the complete report provided on this page.

Comments will be  accepted from December 2, 2019 through January 15, 2020. 

Use this link to make a comment. 

Comments will be reviewed by the CWD Working Group at their next scheduled meeting.

Attend a Public Meeting

December 2, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Sublette County Library, The Pinedale Library, Lovatt Community Room
155 S. Tyler Ave.
Pinedale, WY 82941

December 3, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Worland Community Center Complex
1200 Culbertson Avenue
Worland, WY 82401

December 10, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office
1212 S. Adams
Laramie, WY 82070

December 11, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Casper Game and Fish Regional Office, Pronghorn Room
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604

December 12, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Sheridan Best Western, Snow Goose Room
612 N. Main
Sheridan, WY 82801

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