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Deer, elk hunters invited to attend Chronic Wasting Disease sampling seminar Sept. 25, Sept. 28

Posted September 23, 2021


Arizona’s deer, elk populations remain free of CWD 


PHOENIX — Join Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) wildlife health biologists to learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), how the department monitors for it, and how hunters can collect and submit samples for testing. 

CWD is the single biggest threat to cervid (deer, elk, moose, reindeer) populations in North America and around the world. CWD is an untreatable and always-fatal neurologic disease affecting free-ranging and captive cervids. It is characterized by progressive weight loss, abnormal behavior and eventual death. Mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk are all susceptible to the disease, and, once infected, populations can experience severe declines. 

CWD has not been detected in Arizona, but it has been found in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, as well as in more than 20 other states. 

Seating is limited. Those planning to attend must RSVP to and provide their name, phone number, how many guests will be attending, and preferred seminar location, or contact Jon Heale, the department’s wildlife health biologist, at 623-236-7227. NOTE: Face masks will be required for unvaccinated guests. 

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