WDFW veterinary and biological staff have undertaken an exhaustive diagnostic effort to determine the cause of this disease, as summarized in a detailed poster and slide presentation on this website. These efforts have allowed us to rule out a number of potential causes of elk hoof disease, and to narrow down the list of possibilities. Evidence to date suggests an infectious bacterial cause, although the exact species remains elusive. WDFW continues to work with veterinary experts, both here and abroad, to refine our diagnostic approach and evaluate possible management options.
5th of September, 2013