November 11, 2006
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has confirmed that two legally
harvested bull moose from northern Colorado have tested positive for
chronic wasting disease (CWD).
A moose killed in game management unit (GMU) 7, a few miles southeast of
Glendevey, was the second CWD-positive moose diagnosed in Colorado in 2006.
This moose was harvested and submitted for testing in October 2006. This
unit is northeast of the unit where Colorado's first positive moose was
harvested last year. Another moose harvested from GMU 6 in October also
tested positive; this unit is within the same population unit as last
CWD is a fatal neurological disease that has been diagnosed in wild deer
and elk in ten states and two Canadian provinces. Animals show no apparent
signs of illness throughout much of disease course. In terminal stages of
CWD, animals typically are emaciated and display abnormal behavior.
CWD was diagnosed in testing completed by the Colorado State University
Veterinary Diagnostic lab. CWD testing for moose was made mandatory in
Colorado in 2003 to aid Division biologists in monitoring this species for
evidence of CWD. Since 2002, 528 moose have been tested, resulting in three
positives to date.
CWD has been found in portions of northeastern Colorado and southeastern
Wyoming for more than two decades. State and federal health officials have
found no connection between CWD and any human illness. As a precaution,
however, hunters are advised not to eat meat from diseased animals.
Hunters who submit infected animals for testing are contacted and given the
choice of having their license fee refunded or receiving a replacement
license for the same game management unit. They also receive a refund for
the cost of reasonable processing.
Hunters may submit animals for testing at DOW offices around the state and
at the offices of some veterinarians. For a complete list of submission
sites and for more information about testing and chronic wasting disease,
visit the DOW Web site at