The following are common wildlife diseases.
Chronic Wasting Disease
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal nervous system disease found in deer, elk, moose, and caribou (reindeer). If you hunt in a CWD management zone, always have your harvested deer tested for CWD and only consume the venison after test results indicate the disease was not detected. For the latest information about CWD, visit CWD Alliance, QDMA, or Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is a viral infection that affects white-tailed deer. EHD is spread by biting gnats; it cannot be transmitted from one deer to another. The disease is not known to affect humans. However, it is still recommended to not consume any deer that appears unhealthy at the time of harvest. For more information about EHD, visit QDMA.