For the first time, a relatively new disease, calledTreponema Associated Hoof Disease or TAHD (discovered in 2000), has been confirmed in an elk in Idaho. A call to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed the disease’s presence in Idaho. Although no pictures of the incident are currently available, the images below show examples of the disease discovered in elk populations in Washington and Oregon.
TAHD was first discovered in Washington elk populations in 2000 for the first time.
IDFG states in a press release that, “Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has established a research project at Washington State University to learn more about the TAHD and its effect on elk populations. The samples from Idaho were sent to WSU for definitive diagnosis and testing of TAHD.”
Cases of confirmed TAHD have shown up along the Idaho border, in Wallowa County, Oregon, as close as 27 miles as the crow flies, from Riggins, Idaho.
State departments of wildlife for Idaho, Washington and Oregon are enlisting the help of the public in identifying and reporting any cases of TAHD that they may have seen or come in contact with. Below is additional information on what you can do to help.
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