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Idaho Fish and Game

Chronic Wasting Disease in Idaho

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in Idaho.

CWD is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose populations. There is no cure for this fatal disease.

A group of people removing a lymph node from a harvested deer.

How to Collect a Sample

Hunters can retrieve lymph nodes from their harvested animal and submit them for CWD testing. Learn how to collect a lymph node sample and age your animal. 

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A CWD sample drop-off can and sign.

Sample Drop-off Locations

After harvesting a deer, elk, or moose, submitting a lymph node sample or head for CWD testing is easy. See a list of drop-off sites, check stations, and Idaho Fish and Game regional offices. 

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A box of sample kits

Test Results Look-up

If you submit a sample for CWD testing at a drop-off location, check station, or Idaho Fish and Game office, you can check the test results. Allow up to 4-6 weeks for results.  



Frequently Ask Questions

What are the symptoms of CWD? How can you report a sick animal? Can you eat the meat?