General CWD Information
Since CWD was first identified in wild deer, it has been detected in 25 states, 2 Canadian provinces, South Korea, Norway, and Finland. To date CWD has not been detected in California. 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.
Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance and Hunter Check Stations
See the Interactive map below for information about past and future sampling efforts. We have recently added information about our 2018 CWD surveillance locations / hunter check stations. At these locations hunters can get their deer tag validated while contributing to the important cause of CWD surveillance. For information about individual locations such as dates, times, address, please click on the deer icons on the map. A full table of dates, and sampling locations (PDF) is also available. Please consider stopping by one of our sampling locations this hunt season to get your deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease.