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CWD not found in Arizona-tested deer or elk

From Arizona Game and Fish Department

-- After testing 1,185 deer and elk taken during the Arizona 2011 hunting season, results show no Chronic Wasting Disease present in deer and elk tested.

The disease attacks the brain of deer, elk, and moose causing weight loss, abnormal behavior and death. However, the continued vigilance of hunters is essential for the department’s effective monitoring of CWD in deer and elk. Testing will resume this fall.

Game and Fish began testing for CWD in Arizona in 1998. CWD has been found in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, but no cases have been detected yet in Arizona. There is no evidence that CWD poses a risk to humans, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

The areas of highest concern include Game Management Unit 12B, which borders Utah, and GMUs 1 and 27, which border New Mexico.  However, all hunters are invited to participate in the monitoring by bringing the heads of deer or elk recently harvested statewide to any Game and Fish Department office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and at additional locations around the state.

Information regarding sample collection sites will be available after Aug. 15.There is no charge for testing and notification of results. Hunters will be asked to provide details about the county and game management unit in which the animal was harvested, the hunt and permit number, hunting license, and the hunter’s address and phone contact information.

Test results will be available in six to eight weeks online at www.azgfd.gov/cwd.

To see results, click on the Chronic Wasting Disease Test Results link on the right side of the page.


CWD is a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to cervids, including deer, elk and moose. Symptoms of CWD include emaciation or weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination. Animals with CWD may also stumble, tremble, have trouble walking, or appear listless.

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