For Hunters! Voluntary X2-X7b CWD Sampling 2017
CDFW needs your help. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a deadly disease that can significantly impact wild deer and elk populations. The disease has not been found in California. However, we need to remain vigilant with regular studies because the risk to California deer and elk populations is significant.
Please help us expand our scientific efforts by bringing your harvested deer to one of the CWD Sampling/Hunter Check Stations that will be open on October 7 & 8. View a list of check station locations and times (PDF).
Sampling is voluntary, easy and free. Department staff or volunteers will record your tag number and take two small lymph nodes from the neck of your deer. There will be no damage to cape, skull or antlers. We can also validate your tag while you wait. The entire process will only take minutes.
General CWD Information
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in 24 States, 2 Canadian provinces, South Korea, and Norway. This is a disease of major concern for cervids and may negatively impact these prey populations where it occurs. Through legislation and geography, California is at relatively low risk for CWD; however, it has the potential to spread to California’s deer and elk populations, and surveillance for the disease will remain a priority for CDFW. See the Q&A below to find out more about this devastating disease and what you can do to help.