Faculty Profile

Margaret A. Wild

Margaret A. Wild


Office Phone: 509-335-6323


My work focuses on promoting and protecting the health of wildlife, primarily through the study of emerging infectious diseases. By improving our understanding and management of diseases in wildlife, we can enhance the health of all species, including humans, and help ensure healthy functioning ecosystems for the future. I am currently applying knowledge gained studying chronic wasting disease (an emerging transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cervids) in elk over the past 3 decades to a new challenge, elk hoof disease. We are using a multi-disciplinary approach to address a range of questions related to the etiology and epidemiology of elk hoof disease, as well as develop approaches to implement and evaluate management actions and understand and effectively address public concerns about the disease. Most of my career has been spent working for state and federal wildlife management agencies. I am keenly interested in engaging students in collaborations between academia and wildlife agencies to address the most pressing issues managers face addressing diseases in wildlife.


  • PhD, Zoology, Colorado State University, 2002
  • DVM, Colorado State University, 1990
  • BS, Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, 1984


  • Certified Wildlife Biologist

Research Interest

  • Wildlife health
  • Elk hoof disease
  • Chronic wasting disease
  • Human dimensions of wildlife management
  • One Health