12 Nov CWD Updates
CWD – Protecting Ohio’s Deer Herd
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) remains a concern amongst wildlife managers and hunters alike in at least 25 states across the U.S., as well as two provinces in Canada. Now that this always-fatal disease has been detected in two wild, free-ranging deer in Wyandot County this past deer hunting season, intensified surveillance of our deer herd is at the top of the Division of Wildlife’s (DOW) priority list!
In addition to their main focus within the Disease Surveillance Area (DSA), attention is also being directed to other locations where the fewest samples have been collected previously. The DOW is using the game check system to alert hunters in 28 counties – with Erie being one of them – to provide assistance with the CWD surveillance efforts.
Any deer you notice showing neurologic signs (listlessness, drooping ears, walking in circles, un-coordinated, sleepy, excessive drooling, and difficulty swallowing) AND is thin should be treated as a classic CWD suspect. If you see this, contact your Wildlife Officer or other DOW staff to report it, so that it can be investigated further.
As part of the DOW’s response plan, 3 kiosks have been placed throughout Erie County whereby hunters can drop off the heads only from their harvested deer for CWD sampling, at no cost to them. These locations include Castalia Market, the Fin-Feather-Fur Outfitters north of Milan on SR 250, and at the Edison Woods Metropark on Smokey Road. There you will find complete instructions for depositing the deer head specimen in the provided barrel.
More information regarding the DOW’s protocols in monitoring CWD in Ohio can be found on page 12 and 13 in their Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2021-22 or on their website. Let’s continue to work together, doing all we can to protect Ohio’s best-known and highly favored mammal, the white-tailed deer!