Chronic Wasting Disease

ATTN: Hunters – Information on CWD Testing and Freezers

The current areas of mandatory deer head submissions as well as the locations of 24-hour freezers in Alberta where hunters can drop off deer heads for testing during fall rifle seasons can be found here:

Alberta’s first documented case of CWD in a moose was confirmed in January 2013.

An adult male moose that collided with a vehicle in the CWD risk area in eastern Alberta was submitted for disease testing. This moose was confirmed to have prion changes in the brain consistent with CWD infection.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) involves fatal damage to the brain in members of the deer family, including:

  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Mule Deer
  • White-tailed Deer

In Alberta, CWD has been found in the wild in mule deer, white-tailed deer and one moose. Alberta’s CWD management strategy depends on hunter assistance to help track CWD infections.

Hunter CWD Surveillance - What You Can Do To Help

Hunters play an important and essential role in Alberta’s CWD wildlife surveillance program. To document the occurrence and spread of CWD, the Government of Alberta relies heavily on the submission of hunter-killed deer heads along with the geographic coordinates of each kill site.

The information gathered from hunter submissions helps determine the geographic distribution of CWD in Alberta, and contributes to ongoing research and improved understanding of the disease.

For more detailed information about CWD and what you can do to help with CWD surveillance, visit the Environment and Parks (AEP) website at:


Updated: Oct 13, 2016