State CWD Information

State CWD Information

Elk Grandtitons ImageThe 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.

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