General CWD Information
Since Chronic Wasting Disease (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.