About Chronic Wasting Disease
What You Can Do to Help
Managing the impact of CWD in North Dakota is a long-term endeavor that requires everyone’s help. By taking several actions, you can join the cause.
- Go Hunting. North Dakota hunters are the eyes, ears, and boots on the ground. They help to keep deer populations at healthy levels, and license dollars fund CWD control efforts.
- Plan Ahead. Excellent hunting opportunities remain in areas where CWD has been found, but you will need to prepare ahead of time in order to comply with transportation restrictions.
- Lower the Risk. We need to do everything we can to reduce the rate of CWD spread within our big game herds. Animal-to-animal contact is a major way contagious diseases spread. Practices that lead to deer unnaturally congregating or frequenting the same place put the entire herd at risk. You can reduce this risk by avoiding the practices of baiting and feeding.
- Dispose of carcass waste responsibly, regardless of where it was harvested. Infected carcasses left on the landscape can serve as a source of infection. Unless an animal has been tested for CWD, there is no way to tell if it is infected. CWD remains in the soil and can be taken up by plants. Scavengers that feed on the carcass can spread CWD through their scat. The best practice is to leave carcass waste at the kill site or dispose of it via a landfill.
- Stay informed. Everyone has a stake in the future of big game hunting in North Dakota and there are a lot of voices in the CWD conversation. North Dakota Game and Fish uses the best available science to guide its understanding of CWD.
- Get your animal tested. Surveillance is an important part of addressing CWD. If hunting in the current year's surveillance area, please get your animal tested.
- Report sick or dead deer. Contact your local game warden, biologist, or the Game and Fish wildlife health lab.
CWD Public Meeting Presentation
North Dakota Outdoors Articles
News Articles and Blog Posts
CWD News Archive
For older information and articles, please see the CWD News Archive.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Informational Video
- Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - AFWA Technical Report on Best Management Practices for Prevention, Surveillance, and Management of Chronic Wasting Disease
- Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Statement on Chronic Wasting Disease Etiology
- Cornell Wildlife Health Lab - Prion Hypothesis for CWD: An Examination of the Evidence
The Department maintains an extensive archive of over 200 peer reviewed scientific journal articles. For technical questions about CWD, contact Dr. Charlie Bahnson, Wildlife Veterinarian.