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Chronic Wasting Disease

What You Should Know

White-tailed deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease
The term "Chronic Wasting Disease"
describes the emaciation that eventually
results from infection.
~Photo by Wisconsin Dept. of Natural
Resources, courtesy of CWD Alliance
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an untreatable and fatal brain and nervous system disease found in deer, elk, and moose.
    Learn about CWD. CWD Fact Sheet (PDF, 295KB).
  • Bringing hunter-killed deer, elk, or moose carcasses into New York from CWD-positive states is illegal and increases the risk of spreading this fatal disease.
    Learn about CWD regulations for hunters.
  • Feeding deer and moose increases the risk that CWD and other harmful diseases will spread.
    Learn about deer and moose feeding laws and regulations.
  • CWD was first detected in New York State in 2005, but no new cases have occurred since.
    Learn about the status of CWD in New York.
  • There is no evidence that CWD can infect humans, but precautions are advised when handling, processing, and eating big game meat.
    Learn about safe handling and processing of deer meat.
  • You have a stake in keeping New York deer free from CWD whether you hunt deer in the fall, make your living perfecting lifelike mounts, earn extra cash by cutting up deer, or enjoy viewing deer in your backyard.
    Learn about how you can help prevent the spread of CWD.
  • New York has a strategic CWD management and surveillance plan in place to monitor and prevent the spread of this disease.
    Learn about CWD surveillance and monitoring.
  • At the present time, CWD is not known to infect deer or moose in New York. Should CWD be detected in wild or captive cervids in New York, response actions will immediately be taken by DEC and NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets.
    Learn about the NYS Interagency CWD Response Plan (PDF) (2.1MB).

More about Chronic Wasting Disease:

  • About CWD - Find out what causes the disease, how it spreads, sings of infection, where it is distributed and more.
  • Prevent the Spread of CWD - Hunters, taxidermists, deer processors and all who have an interest in New York's deer can help prevent the spread of CWD.
  • CWD Management and Surveillance - Learn about DEC's actions designed to reduce the risk of bringing CWD into New York State and how DEC monitors for early detection of CWD.
  • Status of CWD - Learn about the initiation of DEC's CWD surveillance program, the first case of CWD in New York, actions taken by DEC to minimize its spread and much more.