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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

If you see a sick or abnormally thin deer or deer dead of unknown causes, please report its location to the CWD hotline: (866) CWD-WATCH (293-9282). The FWC has been testing deer since 2002. Learn more about how the FWC monitors for CWD.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed that a road-killed 4.5 year-old female white-tailed deer in Holmes County sampled during routine surveillance activities has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). It is the first known case of CWD in Florida. CWD is a contagious disease of the brain and central nervous system that is always fatal to deer. The FWC and its agency partners take CWD very seriously and have implemented a comprehensive response plan with the goal of containing the disease within the area it was detected.

Receive CWD updates via email

The FWC uses GovDelivery to send email or text message updates on a variety of subjects. By signing up for this free service, you will automatically receive notifications about FWC news and website updates related to the topics of greatest interest to you. Visit the GovDelivery subscription page to sign up for this free service and choose “Chronic Wasting Disease Updates (CWD)” under “Hunting” or “Wildlife” to receive information about CWD.