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Deer, elk hunters: Register now for Chronic Wasting Disease webinar Sept. 24

Posted September 17, 2020

Arizona’s deer and elk populations remain free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) due to diligent surveillance efforts.

 

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) encourages all deer and elk hunters to view a live webinar Sept. 24 about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal wildlife disease that affects the nervous system of these animals. 

“What Hunters Should Know About CWD” is being presented by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIPRAD) and hosted by Nick Pinizzotto, CEO of a unified organization combining both the National Deer Alliance and Quality Deer Management Association.   

Arizona’s deer and elk hunters can register now for the webinar, which begins at 9:30 a.m. (Arizona time). The event will also be livestreamed on CIDRAP’s CWD YouTube channel.  

No cases of CWD were discovered in the 1,200-plus deer (mule and white-tailed) and elk that were harvested in Arizona and voluntarily submitted for testing in 2019. In addition to hunter submissions, AZGFD collects samples from across the state through partnerships with meat processors and taxidermists.  

AZGFD has been testing for the presence of the disease in Arizona since 1998. While CWD has been found in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, the disease has not been detected in Arizona. CWD has not been documented to cause disease in people.