CHEYENNE — If you’re an elk hunter, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking for a favor.
The department is asking for hunters to submit blood samples and other information about elk they harvest this season.
The program to monitor brucellosis among the species also gives hunters a chance to win some high-quality hunting equipment through a raffle.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department established the brucellosis raffle as a thank you for participating in the monitoring program and to encourage hunters to continue to submit samples.
Leading outdoor manufacturers and conservation organizations have donated equipment to the raffle to support brucellosis monitoring.
Brucellosis is a bacterial disease endemic in elk and bison throughout the area surrounding Yellowstone in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
A state/federal eradication program has almost eliminated the disease in cattle, but infected elk and bison pose a continuing threat.
Voluntary hunter participation is fundamental for the program’s success, and Game and Fish appreciates hunter efforts to submit samples.
Those who draw multiple elk licenses and receive multiple kits will be entered into the raffle for each kit returned.
The raffle drawing will be held in March 2019.
Elk hunt areas targeted for surveillance in 2018 can be found on the interactive brucellosis map on the Game and Fish website.
Not all hunters with a license in those areas will receive a testing kit via mail, but are encouraged to contact Game and Fish to obtain a kit and participate in the program and raffle.