Chronic Wasting Disease Status in Idaho

Idaho Fish and Game has not detected Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Idaho. CWD is a contagious and always-fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose.

Montana, Utah and Wyoming have confirmed cases of CWD in animals close to the Idaho border. There is no cure for this fatal disease and CWD could impact Idaho’s elk, deer and moose populations.The threat of CWD is a serious concern and Fish and Game is taking all practical steps to minimize the risk.

CWD Status in Idaho: Not detected

The information detailed below connects you to Fish and Game’s CWD sampling program and other efforts aimed at preventing the spread of this disease. Feel free to start with our Frequently Asked Questions


CWD – Monitoring & Sampling

Learn about sampling programs and how you can help.

Monitoring for CWD

Sampling efforts and how you can help
Sample Focus Areas  How to Collect a Sample 

Sample Drop-off Locations 


Was your harvest tested by Idaho Fish and Game?

Check Your Results

CWD – The Rules

Know the Idaho laws aimed at preventing the spread of CWD.

CWD – The Rules

CWD Planning

Idaho Fish and Game’s 2018 CWD Strategy outlines the strategies for prevention, management and communication regarding CWD once it is found in Idaho.

View Strategy

CWD – Health/Medical Information

General disease information and additional resources.

Health Resources

As information changes or becomes available, this page will be updated.

Annual CWD surveillance has occurred in Idaho with help from hunters since 1997, with 18,000+ cervids (mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose) sampled from around the state.

Sampling areas

CWD Explained in Videos