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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible, always fatal, neurological disease that affects deer and other cervids such as elk, moose and reindeer/caribou.
Effective March 31, 2022, CWD was detected in North Carolina in a deer in Yadkin County. In response, the NCWRC Executive Director enacted emergency powers on April 12, 2022.
Read the latest CWD news.
Read the agency's CWD Response Plan. (pdf)
Follow the links below to learn more about CWD and its impact on deer, elk and other cervids, as well as hunters.