If the attendance at last night’s question-and-answer session on hoof rot in elk was any indication, there is great interest in this topic among hunters and other residents of the local area. At least 200 people attended last night’s session at the County Expo Center, peppering representatives from Washington Fish and Wildlife and local legislators for more than two hours. WDFW Executive Director Phil Anderson says that this is a major issue that is stirring up strong passion…hoofrot…A number of questions were focused on the use of herbicides by forest landowners in much of the area where the hoof rot has escalated, wondering if the cumulative affect of those materials is having an impact on the elk. A WDFW veterinarian says that the testing doesn’t point to a chemical cause, but is actually pointing to a bacterial cause, similar to a disease also seen in sheep. Tests on young elk taken back in January are expected to help zero in on the exact cause of this disease. A similar Q-and-A session is planned for next Wednesday evening in Cathlamet, while WDFW is also planning public meetings on the topic next month, on the 15th in Vancouver and on the 16th in Chehalis. Additional information is also available on the Fish and Wildlife website.