Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


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. In December of 2015, preliminary tests indicate bacteria found in an abnormal hoof taken from an elk killed in a vehicle collision in Skagit County east of Sedro-Woolley may be the same strain found in diseased elk in southwest Washington. Results from additional tests were expected in February 2006.

See map of reported hoof deformities.

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4th of February, 2016