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Fish and Wildlife asks hunters to submit tissue samples from their season harvest
Fish and Wildlife asks hunters to submit tissue samples from their season harvest

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.

Kristin Mansfield, WDFW veterinarian, says there is no scientific evidence at this time that Chronic Wasting Disease can be transmitted from deer or elk to humans, but hunts should always follow basic hygienic precautions like wearing rubber gloves while field-dressing game and washing hands and equipment after handling the animals.

Hunters who submit samples and complete contact-information cards, will be entered into a $200 gift card drawing for Cabela’s.

Tissue samples can be dropped off at:

  • Stop at a WDFW hunter check station off Highway 395 near Deer Park or State Route 2 near Chattaroy on most weekends during deer seasons.
  • Deposit the head of the harvested animal in a marked collection bin at the laboratory building behind the Spokane Valley WDFW office, 2315 N. Discovery Place
  • Deposit the head of the harvested animal at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council office, 6116 N. Market St. in Spokane during office hours (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
  • Arrange to have the sample picked up anywhere in Spokane or Spokane Valley by calling (509) 989-6224, or in the Tri-Cities area by calling (509) 531-2691.

More Information: View a map of where Chronic Wasting Disease has been found. 

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