Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage
Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road next year. More »
Impacts from September 2013 Flood
Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »
Media Advisory-Observe Chronic Wasting Disease Testing in Elk at Rocky Mountain National Park
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363
When: Friday, January 18, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park
What: Media will have an opportunity to discuss research pertaining to testing live elk for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) with National Park Service staff and possibly view the procedure conducted in the park on elk. This research is the first time free ranging elk will be tested for CWD.
Research is also taking place to study the effectiveness of a new experimental multi-year fertility control agent. Both of these studies are being doneat the park to take advantage of the implementation of the recently announced Rocky Mountain National Park Elk and Vegetation Management Plan.
Over the next several years, in conjunction with the proposed lethal reduction of elk, researchers will conduct studies to evaluate procedures for testing live elk for CWD and the effectiveness of a new experimental multi-year fertility control agent. Currently, there is a live CWD test effective for deer, but CWD diagnosis in live elk has received limited evaluation to date. The disease can only be diagnosed after death in elk.
In the first year, while capturing up to 120 female elk and testing them for CWD, researchers are planning to administer the fertility control agent (GonaCon) to 60 elk. Researchers are already handling the elk for the CWD test and can learn more about this multi-year agent at the same time.
Who: National Park Service Staff including Wildlife Veterinarian Margaret Wild and Dan Baker with Colorado State UniversityDepartment of Biomedical Sciences.
Please contact Kyle Patterson, Public Information Officer at (970) 586-1363 or e-mail if you plan to attend.
Further information will be provided at the event.
Did You Know?
Kawuneeche Valley is on the west side of the Continental Divide and channels water into the Colorado River. Kawuneeche means Coyote in Arapaho.