Wyoming CWD Working Group Announced

Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Brian Nesvik has named 32 people to the state’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) working group.

Wyoming CWD Working Group Announced

Image courtesy of Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Brian Nesvik has made appointments to a chronic wasting disease (CWD) working group. The group is composed of 32 people from a diverse range of backgrounds, professions and interests from across Wyoming. This group will develop recommendations to revise Game and Fish’s current CWD management plan.

“We had a strong interest from around the state,” said Scott Edberg, acting chief of the Game and Fish wildlife division. “The individuals selected represent diverse perspectives, and we appreciate their willingness to contribute their time, thoughts and recommendations to help revise our CWD plan.”

As shown in purple in the above map, CWD is widely distributed across Wyoming. The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose.
As shown in purple in the above map, CWD is widely distributed across Wyoming. The disease is fatal to deer, elk and moose.

The working group is a part of a larger Game and Fish public process to revise the current CWD management plan — a process that will also include a series of public meetings across Wyoming, in addition to the working group meetings. The effort is being facilitated by the Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources with the University of Wyoming.

Working group members will explore scientific, social, economic and policy information related to CWD and deer and elk management, and ways to minimize CWD in these populations.

The working group is scheduled to meet for the first time July 23 to 25 in Lander, Wyoming. Its members are:

  • Andrew Pils of Cody — federal agency
  • Brant Shumaker of Laramie — scientist
  • Bruce Lawson of Casper — sportsperson
  • Dave Gustine of Moose — federal agency
  • Dax McCarty of Douglass — outfitter
  • Garret Falkenburg of Douglas — landowner or agricultural community
  • James Wright of Casper — federal agency
  • Jeff Daugherty of Jackson — conservation NGO (non-government organization)
  • Jim Logan of Shoshoni — state agency
  • Jim Freeburn of Cody — general public
  • Joe Tilden of Cody — local government
  • Joshua Coursey of Green River — conservation NGO
  • Justin Caudill of Boulder — state agency
  • Karinthia Harrison of Cody — general public
  • Kent Connelly of Kemmerer — local government
  • Kristen Gunther of Lander — conservation NGO
  • Laura Meadows of Wilson — conservation NGO
  • Libby Lankford of Laramie — landowner or agricultural community
  • Luke Esch of Cheyenne — state agency
  • Lyle Lamb of Basin — state agency
  • Mike Schmid of LaBarge — Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
  • Millie Copper of Clark — sportsperson
  • Nick Dobric of Dubois — conservation NGO
  • Richard Pallister of Buffalo — sportsperson
  • Shane Moore of Jackson — general public
  • Steve Martin of Rock Springs — sportsperson
  • Sy Gilliland of Casper — outfitter
  • Tony Lehner of Glenrock — local government
  • Martin Hicks of Wheatland — Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Dan Smith of Cody — Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Senator Larry Hicks of Baggs — Wyoming state legislature
  • Janet Marschner of Cheyenne — sportsperson

The CWD working group will meet several times throughout the year and into 2020. A detailed listing of meeting dates and locations, which the public may attend, can be found on the CWD working group website.

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