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Chronic Wasting Disease Research

Research is being done in Wisconsin by DNR staff as well as other partners in order to learn more about this disease.

Current DNR CWD research

Deer research

Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study
We will examine factors that could influence deer population change in SW Wisconsin. These include CWD, depredation, habitat suitability and hunter harvest. Additional details and recent information about the study.



The CWD Forecasting Project
Our goal is to forecast how CWD prevalence changes across landscapes and climate zones in Wisconsin.




Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Prion Persistence in Soil and Infectivity
We are assessing the persistence of CWD prions in soils, which are a likely source of environmental transmission.



Buck deer

Advancing In Vitro Prion Amplification Assays for CWD Diagnostic Testing
We will assess the reliability and sensitivity of next-generation prion detection using a variety of bodily samples and environmental sources.



Buck deer

Deactivation of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Prions Using Composting
We are evaluating composting as a method of deactivating CWD prions, potentially offering a solution to the ongoing challenges in deer carcass disposal.



Couple scouts a field

Hunter Perceptions of CWD [PDF]
A survey of Wisconsin deer hunters shed light on ways they help slow the spread of CWD and highlighted the importance of DNR partnerships with hunters and businesses to promote best practices and to collect the scientific data that fuels CWD research.


Additional resources