CWD Collaborative Process

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

Participate in a public meeting

Give Input

Tell us your ideas


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 where you can learn about the CWD Management Plane and provide feedback.

Date Location Time
May 28, 2019 Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office, 1212 S. Adams St. 6pm-9pm
May 29, 2019 Casper Game and Fish Regional Office, Pronghorn Room, 3030 Energy Lane 6pm-9pm
May 30, 2019 Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Inner Circle Room, 335 W. Alger St.t 6pm-9pm
June 3, 2019 Worland Community Center Complex, 1200 Culbertson Ave. 6pm-9pm
June 4, 2019 Sublette County Library, The Pinedale Library, Lovatt Community Room,155 S. Tyler Ave. 6pm-9pm

Provide feedback on the revised CWD Management plan

There are 5 public meetings to attend to learn about the Department's revised CWD management plan, developed by the CWD Working Group.

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

Provide feedback

What ideas would you like the CWD Working Group to consider in developing management options for CWD in Wyoming.

Watch the meeting that will be posted at the end of May, and provide your feedback.

CWD Working Group Timeline

MAY - JUNE, 2019

5 public CWD informational meetings and public feedback

OCTOBER - DECEMBER, 2019

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

FEBRUARY, 2020

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

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

Stay up to date on CWD and the CWD Working Group

Fill out the form to stay up to date on all the happenings with the CWD Working Group

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