State to collect elk samples to study hoof disease

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State wildlife biologists plan to kill and collect samples from elk calves to find out what's causing hoof disease in elk in southwest Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says it plans to take up to five young elk from industrial forestland in Pacific County starting this month. Biologists will use those samples to compare them with elk from the Cowlitz River basin where the disease has spread quickly among elk since 2008.

Biologists will also kill and take samples from young elk in the Cowlitz area and western Yakima County.

The agency says hoof disease results in broken, deformed hooves and lameness that can hinder an elk's ability to survive.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Remodeling Safeco
    Groundskeeping crews at Safeco Field are taking a backseat to Beyonce and Jay Z

  • Waiting for Marshawn
    Why Danny O'Neil doesn't expect to see Marshawn Lynch before September

  • Time for Takeoff
    Get to know the Blue Angels as they arrive for Seafair today
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.