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Report dead rabbits to WGFD


December 30, 2020

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A white-tailed jackrabbit, which are common to the Rocky Mountains and Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish are looking into a disease that impacts jackrabbits and hares and asks residents to report dead rabbits to the WGFD.

Wyomingites are being asked to keep a lookout for dead rabbits in their yards, rural property and other outdoor areas. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is collecting wild rabbit carcasses for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 testing, known as RHDV2. Testing rabbits is key to monitoring the disease spread.

Game and Fish recently confirmed the presence of the disease in Wyoming in a wild eastern cottontail in Albany county. RHDV2 is a fatal disease of rabbits and hares. An estimated 35-50% of infected wild rabbits succumb to the disease.

Samantha Allen, Game and Fish state wildlife ve...

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