Jon Gosch

Novelist, Journalist and Book Editor

Posts Categorized: Elk Hoof Disease

Of Roosevelt Elk, Bacteria, Hooves and Herbicides

June 2014

Over the last several years through numerous blog posts and comments Cascadia Wildlands has been forwarding two important notions. The first is that state wildlife commissions (and therefore agencies) in the West are too beholding to resource-oriented industries such as ranching, timber, mining and energy interests at the expense of hunters, anglers and our ever-dwindling… Read more »

Local Farrier’s Research Connects Herbicides to Hoof Disease in Elk, Horses

May 2014

Krystal Davies with Her Horses, Jameson and Tucker | Photo by Shauna DeSpain Herbicides Linked to Chemically Induced Endocrinopathic Laminitis in Elk Authored by Krystal Davies I believe I understand why the elk in southwest Washington are being affected by the mysterious hoof disease, namely hoof rot. I have credible evidence and can provide a… Read more »

Infected Elk May Pose Serious Health Risk to Humans

April 2014

On February 12th, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials concluded their most recent Hoof Disease Public Working Group Meeting with a sadly familiar message – they still did not know what was causing the crippling hoof disease that some have estimated is now responsible for half of all elk deaths in southwest Washington…. Read more »

Growing Evidence Links Herbicides to Elk Hoof Disease

April 2014

My family has hunted the forests of southwest Washington for more than sixty years and never before have they observed such a scarcity of wildlife. Twenty years ago my dad and uncle remember seeing two or three big elk herds a day. Now we’re lucky to see two or three individuals a day. Depressingly, this… Read more »