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.


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.


Coffee and Deer: CWD and Human Health with Dr. Mike Osterholm
In this episode of Coffee and Deer, we talk with Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota about the potential for CWD to jump the species barrier to humans.



How to Debone a Deer in a Chronic Wasting Disease Area
MeatEater‘s Janis Putelis demonstrates the best way to de-bone your deer and dispose of parts of the carcass that may carry CWD. This is a great skill to have in your arsenal and will help stop the spread of this disease.


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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NDA to Reschedule Pennsylvania CWD Public Meetings

NDA to Reschedule Pennsylvania CWD Public Meetings

March 27, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

In response to COVID-19, the town-hall style CWD meetings that were supposed to be held in April and May will tentatively be pushed to June.

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NDA Talks CWD Legislation on Iowa Sportsman Podcast

NDA Talks CWD Legislation on Iowa Sportsman Podcast

March 23, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

NDA president and CEO, Nick Pinizzotto, joined host Dan Johnson on a recent episode of the Iowa Sportsman Podcast, which is part of Sportsmen's Nation.

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NH Fish and Game Proposes Regulations to Slow Spread of CWD

NH Fish and Game Proposes Regulations to Slow Spread of CWD

March 18, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed reauthorization of regulations to help prevent the introduction and spread of chronic wasting disease in the state.

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Action Alert: Support Iowa CWD Management Bill

Action Alert: Support Iowa CWD Management Bill

March 18, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

Iowa House File 2458 expands the authority of the Iowa Natural Resource Commission to take actions to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease.

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NDA Discusses Social Science of CWD at two National Conferences

NDA Discusses Social Science of CWD at two National Conferences

March 16, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

National Deer Alliance president and CEO Nick Pinizzotto recently discussed the social science behind chronic wasting disease management at two national wildlife management conferences.

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Action Alert: New Michigan Baiting Bills Bad for CWD

Action Alert: New Michigan Baiting Bills Bad for CWD

March 12, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

A package of bills recently introduced in the Michigan Senate is aimed at legalizing or reducing the penalty for baiting deer in the state.

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