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Can we give the elk antibiotic injections or medicated feed?

Injections may be possible, but first WDFW must identify the cause of the condition and find an effective treatment and dosage. If an effective treatment does not exist, it could take years to develop.

Even if an effective treatment is found, applying it to wild animals across a broad landscape may present an even bigger challenge.  For example, untreated animals could continue to infect others.  Also, it is likely that treated animals would eventually become re-infected if a causative bacterium persists in the soil. The idea of vaccinating healthy wild animals to prevent them from contracting the disease presents many of the same challenges.



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10th of February, 2014

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