The jurisdictional framework for managing CWD is complex, with many different agencies involved. State and Federal Agriculture agencies are responsible for safeguarding the health of domestic livestock including alternative livestock species such as deer and elk. When native wildlife species are farmed the jurisdictions become more complex. Regulatory authority for captive cervids may lie with the State agriculture agency, the State game or wildlife agency, or both, depending on the State. In preparation for implementation of the national CWD program, many states have established CWD surveillance and/or herd certification programs and import requirements for captive cervids. Most States also have conducted some degree of CWD surveillance in wildlife.
For Further Information:
View a table of state programs for CWD in captive cervids. Note: by following this link you will exit the USDA web site.
View state animal import regulations.
Visit the web sites of state agencies that manage CWD.