For those of you hunting this season, Washington Department of Fish Wildlife asks a tiny favor of you. They’re hoping hunters will submit issue samples from their harvest.
WDFW is looking for tissue samples from animals harvested east of the Columbia River specifically from deer and elk. They’re hoping to continue the ongoing effort by WDFW to watch for Chronic Wasting Disease.
The disease has not been detected in Washington, but it has occurred in 15 other states and some Canadian provinces. In the 15-years of monitoring, WDFW has tested over 5,000 animals.
To submit a tissue sample, you’ll need to provide four inches of neck tissue attached to the head. The lymph nodes are then removed from the neck.