Chronic Wasting Disease in Wyoming continues its push north and west

May 21, 2013

Chronic Wasting Disease is creeping closer to western Wyoming's winter elk feed-grounds and Yellowstone National Park. A retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says this is something the public and policy-makers must pay close attention to.

Dr. Bruce Smith is a former senior biologist at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming and author of "Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd."

In the first of our two-part interview, Smith -a resident of Sheridan, Montana-  explains to Edward O'Brien the basic science behind C.W.D.

In short, it's an insidious, highly transmissible disease that sticks around in its environment.