Elk NetworkWhat Hunters Need to Know about CWD

General | January 9, 2019

Three letters that hunters are hearing a lot about and should pay especially close attention to are C-W-D, which is short for chronic wasting disease. It is a complex issue.

Outdoor Life recently posted an article about the four things hunters need to know about CWD. They are as follows:

  • CWD continues to creep
  • Hunters can help manage it
  • CWD testing is complex
  • CWD is much different than EHD

CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected animals and produces small lesions that result in death. There is no cure; once an animal is infected, it will die.

For more information about CWD, go to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance website.

Go here to read the Outdoor Life article.

(Photo source: Wyoming Department of Game and Fish)