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CWD Plan

Nebraska's Chronic Wasting Disease Plan is designed to track occurrences of CWD and create strategies that reduce further spread.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer and elk in Nebraska. In 2000, Nebraska Game and Parks biologists first identified CWD in the wild. There are many challenges associated with this disease, including its detection, spread, means of transmission and effects on deer and elk populations.

The plan

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission first developed a CWD Management Plan in 2002. Plan goals included developing detection methods that identify CWD occurrence, tracking changes in prevalence and creating strategies that reduce further spread. Since then, goals have been accomplished through surveillance and testing strategies throughout the state. Several plan updates have been made, with the most recent version implemented in 2015. Now, Commission staff are seeking public input for the most recent revisions.

Virtual public meeting

The Commission will host a virtual public meeting on July 16 at 7 p.m. CT to discuss the most recent revisions to the CWD Management Plan. Game and Parks biologists will present plan content, including:

  • recent CWD data and testing results
  • results of hunter surveys regarding CWD
  • strategies and protocols for documenting and reducing the spread of CWD
  • protocols for informing stakeholders about disease status

Questions and comments from those attending the meeting will be addressed after the presentation. Attendees will be asked to provide their feedback via the comment form below. For those who are unable to attend, a recording of the meeting will be posted afterward on this web page with a video link.

Share your feedback

Please submit your comments regarding draft revisions of the 2024 CWD Management Plan by August 2, 2024. We appreciate your valuable feedback.

CWD Public Comments 2024
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