Hoof Rot in Washington Elk

Discussion in 'Washington Hunting' started by christensenreid, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. christensenreid
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    If you know anyone that may be able to help with this please send them the video. I Have sent it to RMEF, King5 news and Fish and Wildlife.

    Washingtons Roosevelt Elk neek Help. Hoof Rot is becoming a major problem. Washington fish and wildlife have no answers. Here is a video taken last week of a Herd near Mt St Helens. there are 17 animals every one of them has Hoof Rot. We need help

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibXoI9JM23I&feature=plcp[/ame]
  2. abdiver7777
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    The Wolves will take care of that problem.........
  3. lilharcher
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    that really sucks......are they trapping any of these animals and performing tests?
  4. christensenreid
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    nope they shot 8 elk last year to do test 5 of them had hoof rot. they didnt figure anything out. every biologist will give you a different answer on what is causing it.
  5. christensenreid
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    This is the response i got from Tom Toman, Director of Conservation at Rocky Mt Elk Foundation

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    No one has any answers to this problem right now. We have been tracking it since 2007 and have just approved some funds to get three world experts in Hoof Rot to come to WA and look at situation and work with WDFW. The WDFW and the WA AG state vet have looked into it and are trying to determine which of the 40 hoof rots this might be. After that is answered, they will have to determine what can be done about it. You can't corral a bunch of wild elk and run them through a dipping trough every week for a month. These darn diseases in wildlife are a bit more complicated since they are wild and we are limited in how they can be handled. We have never seen hoof rot to this extent anywhere in elk in North America. Let's hope we can get those folk to fly in to help us. Thanks for your interest.
    Best regards!
  6. lilharcher
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    At least Mr. Toman is making a strong effort to help......that is a great start.
  7. Hunter Dan
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    What about ranchers or a cattlemens association? If this type of hoof rot is transmissable to domestic herd animals thet need to be up to speed and have their livelyhoods to protect.
  8. EJ Swanny
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    Good point Dan, also what about Deer, Billy-Goats, and Big Horn Sheep???
  9. DaKanati
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    If anybody can help it will be the rmef, hopefully the wdfw doesnt make it difficult for them.
  10. christensenreid
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    Meeting with Gary Chittim from King5 tomorrow.:2gunsfiring_v1: Hopefully this will put some pressure WDFW to figure out what is going on, and how to get these elk healty again

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