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Where in the state does Elk Hoof Disease occur?

WDFW has received sporadic reports from observers in the Cowlitz River Basin of southwest Washington since the mid-1990s. Since 2008, reports have increased and spread west to Pacific County, north to Lewis County and south to Clark County.  Due to the rapid increase in observations since 2008, scientists believe a new disease may have entered the elk population at that time, different from the ones responsible for earlier reports.

See map of reported hoof deformities.



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10th of February, 2014

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