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ODFW and OSP continue CWD monitoring and enforcement

September 24, 2009


SALEM, Ore.—ODFW is continuing to monitor wildlife for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an untreatable and fatal neurological disease that can affect deer, elk and moose. Oregon State Police is enforcing regulations meant to protect the state’s deer, elk and growing moose populations from CWD.

Since 2002, ODFW has tested 10,000 free-ranging deer and elk for CWD. To date, all tests have been negative. 

Hunters that are successful in taking a deer or elk in Oregon can help with CWD monitoring efforts by having their animal sampled for the disease. Contact a local office and make an appointment to bring in your animal’s head so an ODFW biologist can take a sample of central nervous system tissue. Hunters can also provide a sample if they encounter ODFW staff out in the field during hunting season.

ODFW will also host the following sampling stations and asks successful hunters in the area to stop by.

Oct. 4 and 5 (Sunday and Monday)

Buck deer season

10 am. – 6 p.m.

  • I-84 West at Biggs Junction
  • Prineville weigh station (just east of Prineville on Hwy 26)

Nov. 1 and 2 (Sunday and Monday)

Rocky Mtn elk season

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • I-84 West at Biggs Junction
  • Prineville weigh station (just east of Prineville on Hwy 26)

Out-of-state hunters: Follow regulations

Since 2002, it has been illegal to bring any deer, elk or moose parts containing central nervous system tissue (spinal or brain) into Oregon from states or Canadian provinces with a documented case of CWD. Those states and provinces are Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

The danger lies in the prions that cause CWD, which can last a long time in the environment. If the head and spinal column of an infected animal is disposed of in an area where Oregon’s deer and elk could encounter the prions, they could contract the disease.

The maximum penalty for this type of violation, a Class A Misdemeanor, is a fine of up to $6,250, one year in the county jail, and a hunting license suspension of two years. Last year, OSP cited nine people for this offense.

The following parts may still be imported from those states and provinces with a documented case of CWD: meat cut and wrapped commercially or privately; meat that has been boned out; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; hides or capes with no head attached; skull plates with antlers attached that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue (velvet antlers allowed); antlers with no tissue attached (velvet antlers allowed); upper canine teeth (buglers, whistlers and ivories); and finished taxidermy heads.

For more information on CWD, visit the CWD Alliance Web page.



Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 / (503) 931-2748                                       
Fax: (503) 947-6009



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