Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Utah
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Utah Project

Chronic Wasting Disease in Utah – development of a risk based CWD surveillance system with updates for the statewide CWD management plan

July 2021 - June 2022


Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The overall goal of this research is to expand and combine the existing CWD surveillance data needs with information on cervid movements, habitat use, and landscape factors in order to understand the most likely paths of CWD spread, and provide the foundation for creating a revised, scientifically sound, risk based CWD surveillance system. This project is part of a collaboration between the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah State University Department of Wildland Resources, and the USGS UT Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Evaluating current and past CWD data and creating a comprehensive risk map for the state will serve to better understand what is currently known, identify high risk locations for CWD spread, help prioritize areas for sampling, and formulate appropriate management actions or alterations that should be considered in order to slow the spread of the disease.