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Chronic wasting disease,
or CWD, is a fatal disease of the central nervous system in deer and elk.
Since the first case of
Chronic Wasting Disease was discovered in Illinois, the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources started a "targeted surveillance
program" for CWD in wild deer which was first proposed by the Southeastern
Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, a diagnostic and research service which
investigates wildlife diseases.
This site provides consolidated CWD
information including: CWD statistics that show the Total
Cases per Year and Total Cases per Year per County, FAQ's,
a query system for samples taken, test results for hunters, annual reports, and
other CWD resources.
Below is an interactive map that contains all of
the township sections where positive CWD samples were found. Click on the
red box to see what years positive samples were reported for the section.
Below is a series of videos: Part 1-Introduction, Part 2-Testing CWD Samples, Part 3-Sharpshooting,
Part 4-Common Questions, Research and Safe Handling of Deer.
Pamphlet on Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary of Illinois’s CWD surveillance and management
CWD Management in Illinois: Fact or Fiction?
Explains various things you may have heard
Late-Winter Deer and CWD Hunting Permit Information
Document containing the season dates and counties that are
for the Late-Winter and CWD firearm seasons
Late Winter/CWD Deer Counties Map
Most recent map showing which counties are open for
CWD and Late-Winter firearm season
Illinois Cumulative CWD-Infected Sections Map
Locations of CWD-Positive Deer as of September 1, 2020
CWD Check Station Locations Map
Map of all mandatory check stations in Northern Illinois
CWD Testing Locations – How & Where to Get Your Deer Tested
List of sampling vendors and head drop-off stations to have
tested for CWD
Chronic Wasting Disease Test Results
Check your test results by entering your phone number you provided
with your sample
Wasting Disease Query System
Find the number of CWD-positive cases and samples
collected by year,
by county, or statewide
Deer Hunting Regulations for CWD Counties
Instructions and check station
locations for hunters in CWD counties
Regulations for Special White-Tailed
Deer Season for Disease Control
Department of Agriculture’s CWD Webpage
Find advice for deer
hunters and meat processors on how to field
dress deer and cut up
carcasses to avoid prions and more.
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