But the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), the Missoula, Mont.-based conservation group that has sponsored successful elk relocations in the last six years to Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Tennessee, says fear of CWD among transplanted elk is misplaced. First, elk used in these restoration projects are taken from the wild, and from areas that have no incidence of CWD, says Tom Toman, a biologist with the RMEF. "We go through very strenuous disease testing on all the projects we're involved with. After the animals are captured, we quarantine them, and if any elk shows sign of any disease, they're not moved." A larger issue for Toman is the possibility that infected game-farm elk could pass CWD to wild herds. Domestic elk herds with exposure to CWD have been destroyed in Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Saskatchewan.