Elk Hoof Disease

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Elk Hoof Disease


Elk Hoof Disease is an emerging infectious disease of wild elk populations in the Pacific Northwest. The number of elk with deformed, broken, or missing hooves has increased dramatically in this region in the past decade.

Although elk hoof disease is very likely caused by a combination of many factors, the disease is strongly associated with Treponeme bacteria. This same spiral-shaped bacteria is known to cause a similar disease called digital dermatitis in cattle, sheep and goats.

In 2017, the Washington State Legislature fully funded ($3 million) and mandated Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the state lead in developing a program to monitor and assess causes of and potential solutions for elk hoof disease. The new program will be incorporated into ongoing programs studying emerging and existing infectious diseases of wildlife occurring where wildlife and domestic animals may affect one another. The university expects to investigate ecological systems that influence the risk of emerging diseases occurring in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans

For Media Inquiries and more information

Charlie Powell
509-335-7073 (phone)

Elk Hoof Disease Research Fund

The principal of this fund shall be used to support the College of Veterinary Medicine's elk hoof disease research and outreach program.

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Charles Russell Moyes ('61 DVM) - December 8, 2018

Jan 14, 2019
Charles Russell Moyes Obituary

Charles Russell Moyes ('61 DVM) - December 8, 2018

Charles Russell Moyes, (89) born July 5, 1929, Magna, Utah; died Dec.8, 2018 in Clearfield, Utah. Russell was born and raised in Magna, Utah to Charles (Scotty) and Ada Moyes. He graduated from Cyprus High School. He attended Westminster College, Utah State University, and Washington State University. He received his Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine and practiced medicine in Richfield, Manti, Tooele, and South Jordan, Utah. He later moved to Buhl and Burley, Idaho where he changed occupations to business owner and appraiser. In his later years he resided in Layton and Holladay, Utah.

He served in the United States Air Force, where he learned to enjoy photography. He enjoyed the company of his family, camping and long drives in the countryside. He loved the outdoors, wildlife, poetry and picnics. If there was a rodeo in town he loved to go. He especially enjoyed animals. He played the bugle and loved to listen to music. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings throughout his life. He served a mission to New Jersey and gave tours in the conference center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ada Moyes; siblings, Bettye and James Moyes; wives: Violet Mellor, Marion Williamson, and Norma Jones; three grandsons, Quincey and Cody Ashment, Matt Moyes; and daughter-in-law Karen Moyes. Survived by children: Russell Moyes, Tim (Susan) Moyes, Connie (Ervid) Van Sickle, Linda (Roger) Ashment, Scott (Tanya) Moyes, Lesa (Ron) Galloway, Jill Moyes, and David Moyes; step children: Bart and Suzette Williamson, and Norma Jones' six surviving children; 24 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchild.

Services will be held at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with a viewing prior from 12:00 to 12:45. Internment at Larkin Sunset Gardens immediately following services. Special thanks to Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living in Clearfield, Utah and Comfort Works Hospice for their loving care of our Dad.

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 14, 2018