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 and CWD has not been detected in Florida. Learn more about how the FWC monitors for CWD.
CWD is a contagious disease of the brain and central nervous system that is always fatal to deer, elk, moose, caribou and other members of the deer family. It is one of the most serious wildlife diseases facing state wildlife agencies such as the FWC because it could substantially reduce infected deer populations. CWD has been detected in 30 states and 4 Canadian provinces, but it has not been detected in Florida. The FWC is working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, hunters, captive cervid owners, landowners, and the public to reduce the risk of CWD spreading into Florida.