The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has drafted a new chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose, which was first detected in wild populations in Wyoming in 1987.

The updated plan calls for the continuation of robust surveillance and public involvement, as well as continuing to invest in research here in Wyoming.

"This is a challenging disease because, to date, no one has found a way to eradicate it," said Scott Edberg, Deputy Chief of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Division. "Game and Fish has been a leader in researching CWD and learning more about its spread and its impacts. This draft builds on the national collaboration, on recent research and it outlines an adaptable strategy that is specific to Wyoming."

Game and Fish is taking public feedback on the proposed plan until January 5, 2016.

The public can comment online or send written comments to:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604

Public meetings will also be held in Jackson on December 7 at 6:00 pm at the Teton County Library and in Casper on December 14 at 7:00 pm at the Game and Fish regional office.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will review and approve a final version of the plan at its next meeting, January 28-29, 2016 in Cheyenne.