ODFW has confirmed 16 cases of hoof disease in Oregon elk since the first case was reported in 2014.
Veterinarians are reminding hunters to watch out for limping elk that may have the debilitating disease. Any sightings of hoof rot should be reported to ODFW at 866.968.2600.
The disease is a bacterial infection that causes severe lameness in elk.
“Elk with the disease have deformed and overgrown or broken sloughed hooves and other hoof abnormalities related to the infection,” ODFW said.
Hoof disease doesn’t affect the meat of elk harvested by hunters and poses no risk to human health.
Scientists have tracked the same disease among the elk population in Washington.