Chronic Wasting Disease

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Learn the Facts About Chronic Wasting Disease.

What is Chronic Wasting Disease?

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) threatens wild and captive deer. This fatal disease is in a family of neurological diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). In Texas, CWD impacts our native white-tailed and mule deer as well as elk and several exotic deer species including red deer, and sika deer. If not managed, CWD can have devastating, long-term impacts on Texas´ beloved white-tailed and mule deer. Visible symptoms often don't appear until just before death. Learn about your important role in protecting the state's most popular game animals.

First Case in Colorado

Chronic Wasting Disease was first found in 1967 in captive mule deer in Colorado. As of May 30, 2023, CWD has been documented in captive and free-ranging deer in 30 states and in Canada.

Discovery in Texas

The first case of CWD was discovered in 2012 in a free-ranging mule deer in West Texas and in a captive white-tailed deer in 2015. Hundreds of cases have been confirmed in captive and free-ranging deer since the initial discovery in 2012.

Economic Impact

If CWD is not contained and controlled, the implications of the disease for Texas and its multi-billion-dollar ranching, hunting, wildlife management, and real estate economies could be significant.