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Oct 14, 2015 The Associated Press

CWD discovered in elk

RAWLINS -- A contagious disease fatal to deer, elk and moose has been confirmed by Wyoming wildlife officials.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department disease laboratory in Laramie tested a mule deer found by wildlife officials about 15 miles northwest of Baggs and confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease was present.

Research is showing that people as well as domestic livestock like cattle can resist natural transmission.

In deer, elk and moose, Chronic Wasting Disease deteriorates the brain and causes a loss of body condition and weight loss, as well as excessive drooling and behavior similar to Alzheimer's.

Game and Fish spokesman Renny MacKay says usually, like in this instance, the disease shows up in new hunt areas near other confirmed cases.

Fire interrupts mail service

EVANSVILLE -- Evacuations and fire-related road closures are stopping mail service to about 400 homes in a town near Casper.

The U.S. Postal Service issued a news release Tuesday saying it was unable to deliver to Evansville's Cole Creek Road residents.

Mail deliveries will restart once roads are open and delivery is deemed safe.

Residents who don't want to wait for services to resume can pick up mail at Casper's post office.

Wyoming officials on coal port tour

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Lawmakers from three states plan to tour a proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River, as supporters tout its economic benefits in the face of resistance from environmentalists and some officials.

The pro-business group Keep Washington Competitive is sponsoring the Monday trip for legislators from Washington state, Wyoming and Montana.

The Millenium Bulk Terminals coal port in Longview, Washington would allow increased exports of the fuel that's mined in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

Montana state Sen. Duane Ankney will attend the tour. The Colstrip-area Republican says he wants to highlight the port's potential to create jobs across the Pacific Northwest.

U.S. coal sales suffered in recent years due to competition from cheap natural gas and more restrictive pollution rules for coal-burning power plants.

Information sought in illegal elk hunt

CODY -- State wildlife officials are investigating after a bull elk was illegally shot and left in an elk hunt area near Meeteetse.

Meeteetsee Game Warden Jim Olson says the abandoned elk was first discovered by a concerned hunter on the Sleeper Ranch. The elk is believed to have been shot on Monday, more than a week after bull season in the area closed.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in identifying who may have been responsible for the poaching incident.

Information leading to an arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.