Chronic Wasting Disease
IDFG has been conducting surveillance for CWD in deer and elk since 1997. Samples are collected from deer, elk and moose that are killed on roads, by hunters, and from animals with possible clinical signs of CWD.
IDFG has developed a CWD response plan in the event CWD is found in free-ranging or captive cervids in Idaho.
Currently IDFG is doing the following:
- Cooperating with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to implement CWD rules for captive cervids
- Prohibiting the importation of mule deer, white-tailed deer and moose by private parties
- Conducting surveillance of deer and elk primarily using samples collected at hunter check stations, taxidermists, and targeted groups of animals.
- Providing public education about this disease