About Treponema Associated Hoof Disease in Elk
Management of TAHD is difficult as information about transmission, reservoirs and population impacts are limited. Washington has culled elk for humane reasons, diagnostic efforts, and in an attempt to prevent establishment of TAHD in Klickitat County. Oregon has done similar humane removals and diagnostic efforts but has not attempted control efforts to date.
IDFG will be implementing an on-line reporting system to document occurrence of lame elk and elk with abnormal hooves. The data will be used to conduct field investigations where clusters of cases appear and to consider management actions to prevent further spread of the disease.