Hunters can help WDFW track elk hoof disease by reporting observations of affected and unaffected elk on the department’s online reporting form at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_disease/.
If you hike or drive off-road in the known affected area, you can help minimize the risk of spreading the disease to new areas by thoroughly removing all mud from your tires and shoes before leaving the area.
If you harvest an elk with hoof disease, remove the feet and field dress the animal as you normally would. Since this disease may be transmissible to other susceptible animals via infeted hooves, please leave the hooves where you killed the animal. Do not transport the hooves outside of the affected area.
For more information, see Washington's Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet or visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_disease/.
4th of February, 2016