Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD is a progressive and fatal neurologic disease caused by an infectious protein called a prion. It affects members of the Cervid family such as deer, elk, moose and reindeer, and results in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. Although CWD has not been found in New Jersey at this time, it poses a serious threat to our deer herds and hunting traditions.
Please be aware of the following regulations and precautions before heading outdoors this season:
One of the most important ways of slowing the spread of CWD is early detection. Fish and Wildlife tests hunter-harvested deer every year, along with symptomatic wild or captive deer. Please report deer that appear sick, weak, or starving to Nicole Lewis, Wildlife Veterinarian at (908) 735-6398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping keep New Jersey CWD free!