Chronic Wasting Disease

Latest News

10/4/18 - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Approves Declaration of Emergency to Include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in Cervid Carcass Import Ban

10/3/18 - LDWF Recommends Deer Hunters Not Use Supplemental Feeds

8/3/18 - LDWF Cautions Deer Hunters on Use of Deer Urine Lures

7/17/18 - LDWF Supports Bill by Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham To Study, Stop Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

6/7/18 - CWD Sampling Tests Show No Detections of the Disease in Northeast Louisiana

5/4/18 - CWD Sampling in Northeast Louisiana Continues to Show No Detections of the Disease

4/6/18 - Initial Sampling Results Negative For CWD in Northeast Louisiana But Testing Continues Within Buffer Zone

3/6/18 - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Implements Supplemental Feeding Ban in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas Parishes to Curb the Spread of CWD into Louisiana; Ban Effective Monday, March 5, 2018

2/16/18 - LDWF Biologists, Veterinarians Meet with Arkansas, Mississippi Personnel to Review CWD Response

2/12/18 - Alert: Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Mississippi County Bordering Northeast Louisiana

What is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)?

CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer, moose, and caribou. It is infectious, always fatal, and there is no treatment. It’s part of a group of diseases know as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (mad cow disease) in cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue, which leads to excessive salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation, and death of the animal.

What is LDWF doing about CWD?

LDWF continues to monitor and test the state’s white-tailed deer population for CWD. It has not yet been found in Louisiana, but Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi have documented it in their deer populations.

If CWD is discovered in Louisiana, LDWF will create a management zone, the size of which will depend on the location and distribution of infected deer as well as the deer density, distribution, and seasonal movements of the local deer population. There will be feeding and baiting restrictions in the management zone where the disease is found. There also will be movement restrictions placed on deer body parts. Hunters will not be able to bring whole deer out from the management zone. They will be restricted to deboned meat, a clean skull cap with antlers, and the cape, which is the skin of head and shoulders. Any deer harvested within the management zone will be tested. LDWF will maintain intensive surveillance in the management zone for an indefinite period of time.

Cervid Carcass Importation Regulation

Effective March 1, 2017, no person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana, except:

·      Meat that is cut and wrapped
·      Meat that has been boned out
·      Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
·      Antlers
·      Clean skull plates with antlers
·      Cleaned skulls without tissue attached
·      Capes
·      Tanned hides
·      Finished taxidermy mounts
·      Cleaned cervid teeth.

Any and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination is at an approved landfill or equivalent.

Deer Caping Demonstration

Additional information about CWD

application/pdf iconFAQs

application/pdf iconCervid Carcass Importation Regulation

application/vnd.ms-powerpoint iconLDWF Presentation on CWD

application/pdf iconCWD Comprehensive Analysis

CWD Regulations by State/Province

application/pdf iconProper Carcass Handling to Prevent the Spread of CWD

application/pdf iconHow to Have Your Deer Tested for CWD