Game and Fish Department bracing for spread of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease – Wyoming Tribune

The Sheridan Press

SHERIDAN — Pandemics are, unfortunately, not unique to the human species.

Just as COVID-19 was spreading through the United States this spring, another deadly disease began spreading through the country’s wild rabbit population.

“What is interesting is that the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 was first identified back in 2018 in domestic rabbits,” said Peach Van Wick, Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s assistant state wildlife veterinarian. “We didn’t hear about it for a while after that, and then in April of last year it showed up in the wild rabbit population in New Mexico. So, while there are a lot of ways it can be spread, we don’t know exactly how