What Can I Do?
What can I do to help slow the spread of CWD?
CWD can be spread from animal to animal and through the concentration of cervids at feeding and baiting stations. Eliminating the feeding and baiting areas can help to stop or slow the spread from animal to animal. Additionally, hunters who hunt in areas that are known to have CWD can assist in the reduction of CWD spread by deboning meat in the field and leaving the carcass at the harvest site. Research has shown that infected carcasses do pose a threat to the spread of CWD, and thus should be disposed of with your waste management provider in a landfill that will bury the carcass.
Soaking your stainless steel knives and other tools in 40% chlorine/bleach mixture for 5 minutes can also deactivate the prion. Hunters doing this can have peace of mind they have clean equipment and have done their part to prevent the spread of CWD.
How do I find out if there is a permitted waste facility near me?
Appropriate disposal of carcasses by hunters is not only ethical and the right thing to do, using a licensed landfill is a practice that helps reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) transmission and establishment into geographic areas currently not known to have CWD. If a licensed landfill is not located near your residence, please contact your waste management provider to learn more on proper disposal options. Find an Approved Big Game Carcass Disposal Site on this map.
What should I do if I suspect a deer or elk has CWD?
Call our department at 605.394.2391 (Rapid City) or 605.773.3387 (Pierre) or the Animal Industry Board at 605.773.3321 (Pierre). Arrangements will be made to investigate the report.