A weekly report from Wyoming Game and Fish indicated that the department had confirmed the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a mule deer that was found dead.

The deer was reported on February 15th about 10 miles southeast of Lander, Wyoming and state officials promptly gathered and tested the carcass for CWD, confirming the presence of the disease in the deer.

This detrimental disease affects deer, elk and moose in various areas of the country and officials do not recommend consuming affected animals. Game and fish officials in the state of Wyoming analyze over 1,600 samples of the disease each and every year.

Officials ask anyone who comes across an animal that shows signs of the disease to alert local wildlife officials immediately.