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. 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, with Treponema sp. playing a major role in the disease. WDFW continues to work with veterinary experts, both here and abroad, to refine our diagnostic approach and evaluate possible management options.
For more information on Elk Hoof Disease, please visit WDFW's Elk Hoof Disease website.
19th of June, 2014