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Understanding CWD

Currently, this page serves as a place to gather information on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer and other species. While I am not a scientist, I am committed to the understanding of this disease, and to giving access to information from credible sources, even if they are not popular sources and even if the sources are widely criticized. I also hope that through this page the average interested person and the ordinary, everyday hunter, will understand Chronic Wasting Disease. 

The North American Elk in the photo at left is the best photo I've seen of a living cervid in an advanced stage of CWD. Notice the emaciated body, the wide stance, and the drooling mouth. This photo is courtesy of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and comes from

This first group of links are websites that serve to provide information on Chronic Wasting Disease. They are not always up to date. -- This is the website of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance which makes information available on a state-by-state basis. Unsurprisingly, such an effort is challenging and the latest information may not be on this website. --

These links are from the hunting industry and are not written for the scientific audience, but seek to put scientific findings on the level of the person not trained in science. 

What They're Not Telling You about CWD, by Horrace Gore, published at, April 25, 2024. The author spent the majority of his career as a white-tailed deer biologist in Texas, serving many years as White-tailed Deer Program Leader for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Division. In this article he argues that CWD and sheep scrapie are indistinguishable from one another. 


EHD vs. CWD: Which Deer Disease is Actually Deadlier? by Dr. James Kroll, published at North American Whitetail magazine April 24, 2024.


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