CWD Working Group

Toward a sustained future

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What is CWD

Learn more about this ungulate disease

Where is CWD

Learn where CWD is found in Wyoming

Get Involved

Send in your application for the CWD Working Group or participate in a public meeting

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is launching a public process to help revise the current CWD management plan. This process will utilize public meetings to solicit public input and work with the Ruckelshaus Institute to convene a Statewide CWD Working Group. The Working Group will review available scientific, management, social, and policy information to generate recommendations to the Department for incorporation into a revised CWD management plan. There are multiple ways for you to get involved!

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What is CWD?

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a chronic, fatal disease of the central nervous system in mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. CWD belongs to the group of rare diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). These disorders are caused by abnormally folded proteins called “prions.”

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Where is CWD found in Wyoming?

CWD was first identified in free-ranging mule deer in southeastern Wyoming in 1985, followed by elk in 1986. Over the past 20 years, surveillance data has shown an increase in prevalence and distribution of CWD in Wyoming, particularly in deer. CWD is now found across the majority of the state, with new detections suggesting continued westward spread of the disease.

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Want to be involved?

Choose the best option for you.

There are multiple opportunities for the public to be involved.

Attend a public meeting

There are 5 public CWD informational meetings you may attend and provide feedback at.

Date Location Time
May 28, 2019 Laramie 6pm-9pm
May 29, 2019 Casper 6pm-9pm
May 30, 2019 Sheridan 6pm-9pm
June 3, 2019 Worland 6pm-9pm
June 4, 2019 Pinedale 6pm-9pm

Provide feedback on the revised the CWD plan

There are 5 public meetings to attend to learn about and revise the Department's CWD management plan.

Date Location Time
December 2, 2019 Pinedale 6pm-9pm
December 3, 2019 Worland 6pm-9pm
December 10, 2019 Laramie 6pm-9pm
December 11, 2019 Casper 6pm-9pm
December 12, 2019 Sheridan 6pm-9pm

CWD Working Group Timeline

MAY - JUNE, 2019

5 public CWD informational meetings and public feedback


The Department will consider public and working group input to revise the CWD management plan


CWD working group will reconvene for a 2-day meeting to consider any feedback and revise the plan if necessary


A CWD working group, made up of public members, will meet to evaluate and make recommendations to be incorporated into a revised Department CWD management plan


5 public meetings. Present a draft of revised CWD management plan and public feedback

MARCH 2020

A final revised CWD Management Plan will be presented to the Commission

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