Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CWD is the most significant threat to the future of healthy deer populations, deer hunting, and the hunting industry that we have ever encountered. It is a neurological disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer and moose.  CWD is an always fatal brain disease that affects members of the deer family (cervids) and is caused by prions (misshaped proteins) that create holes in the brain and eventually lead to death. There is currently no vaccine or treatment. Once a deer is infected with CWD, it may take up to 24 months to show clinical symptoms.  

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NDA has launched a new communication initiative to combat CWD that will provide accurate and timely information to the public. Included in this initiative is a series of videos and short films that will bring added levels of education, testimony and data around the spread of this disease that threatens America’s most popular hunting pastime and conservation as a whole.


Commonly Asked Questions about Chronic Wasting Disease
In this video, we address 14 of the most commonly asked questions about chronic wasting disease (CWD). The questions were submitted by hunters from across the country and the answers came from top CWD experts and researchers. No matter where you live, if you care about the future of deer and deer hunting and want to learn more, this is a must watch.


CWD in Pennsylvania: What Does the Future Hold?
Pennsylvania, like more than half of the other states in the country, is facing the challenge of slowing the spread of CWD in wild deer. This video provides suggestions and encouragement as wildlife professionals and hunters in the Commonwealth begin to tread similar waters.

Janis Putelis Demonstrates How to Debone a Deer in a Chronic Wasting Disease Area
To avoid bringing CWD home with us, we’re all going to have to take extra steps in the field to be part of the solution. That’s why we asked MeatEater‘s Janis Putelis to demonstrate the best way to de-bone your deer and dispose of parts of the carcass that may carry CWD. 


Coffee and Deer: CWD - Know the Carcass Transport Rules
In this episode, we talk about the importance of understanding the chronic wasting disease rules when it comes to transporting deer and infectious parts across state lines.


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Action Alert: Mississippi CWD Management Zone Changes

Action Alert: Mississippi CWD Management Zone Changes

July 3, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is accepting public comments on proposed changes to CWD Management Zone sizes and regulations, including supplemental feeding, until July 6.

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NDA CEO Sits on Arkansas CWD Roundtable Panel

NDA CEO Sits on Arkansas CWD Roundtable Panel

June 29, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

NDA president and CEO Nick Pinizzotto recently served as a panelist on Arkansas Game & Fish Commission’s (AGFC) Chronic Wasting Disease Roundtable.

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CWD: A National Challenge, Not a ‘Boondoggle’

CWD: A National Challenge, Not a ‘Boondoggle’

June 23, 2020 | by Patrick Durkin

Critics and conspiracy theorists often claim that CWD gives universities and wildlife agencies “bottomless kegs of cash," but in reality, no entity in the government or private sector can simply crank out money for CWD research or management programs.

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Action Alert: Minnesota House File 28 Cervid Provisions

Action Alert: Minnesota House File 28 Cervid Provisions

June 19, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

Minnesota HF 28 amends an existing statute with more strict language with respect to escaped farmed cervids procedures, farmed cervids identification requirements and cervid carcass transportation rules.

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What Deer and Elk Can Learn From #quarantinelife

What Deer and Elk Can Learn From #quarantinelife

June 2, 2020 | by Kristen A. Schmitt

How social distancing could prevent the spread of CWD.

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CWD Roundup - June 2020

CWD Roundup - June 2020

June 1, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

CWD Roundup is NDA's bi-monthly update on all things chronic wasting disease. We’ll provide the latest updates on CWD spread, research and policy from across the nation

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