Mule deer juvenile

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause long-term population declines if left unchecked. There is no treatment or cure, and once established in an area, it remains indefinitely. For these reasons, CWD poses a major threat to North Dakota deer, elk and moose and the future of hunting these animals.

Chronic wasting disease has been found in a limited number of animals in Grant and Sioux counties since 2009. More recently, it was found in Divide and Williams counties. Although this was an unfortunate discovery, the number of animals infected in these counties is currently low (less than 2 percent), and CWD has not been detected in the remainder of the state. This means it is still possible to limit the impact of CWD and prevent its spread to new portions of North Dakota.

Combating CWD is a long-term endeavor that requires committed, diligent effort from all North Dakotans who value these big game animals. Through our cooperative dedication to the cause, we can protect these important species and North Dakota’s hunting heritage.

Note: A number of states have established regulations or recommendations on the transportation of hunter-killed deer, moose and elk. Out-of-state hunters should be familiar with the regulations of the state in which they hunt. For more information on transportation regulations and recommendations in other states, see the CWD Alliance Web site at