The elk hoof disease has been discovered in Washington’s Blue Mountains region, says the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The first case of the disease was confirmed on the east side of Cascade Range in April last year. The officials of the agency say that the new elk hoof disease case was reported in the Pikes Peak region located in the Walla Walla County. A hunter, who had visited the region on 17 January, shot an elk and noticed that it had deformed hooves and took the animal to the agency. The animal disease lab of the Washington State University later confirmed the fact that the animal had the disease.
Washington has had confirmed cases of the hoof disease since early 2000s. Presently, the state has confirmed cases of the disease across 14 counties, apart from the confirmed reports received in Idaho and Oregon.
The infectious disease causes deformation in the hooves and makes it difficult for the elk to even walk. It can spread across from one animal to another or if an elk with the hoof disease leaves the bacteria in the soil through which other elk pass by. Currently, there isn’t any vaccine or a proven remedy to cure the disease.