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

Pennsylvania Project

Developing an adaptive management approach for potential surveillance and spread of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania

January 2012 - December 2014


Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Department of Interior

Research on surveillance strategies, that consider demographic and environmental factors, is lacking in most states CWD has not been found. Developing surveillance strategies to maximize efficiency of sampling white-tailed deer has been described in an endemic area of Colorado (Walsh and Miller 2010) and in initial stages of CWD occurrence in Saskatchewan (Rees et al. 2011). Predictive models of pathways of CWD spread would also be beneficial to states that have CWD at their borders. Predictive models, based on previous research on deer demographics and environmental contributors to disease, could provide focused efforts on surveillance strategies in the short- and long-term for state agencies.

Research Publications Publication Date
Walter, W.D., T.S. Evans, D. Stainbrook, B.D. Wallingford, C.S. Rosenberry, and D.R. Diefenbach. 2018. Heterogeneity of a landscape influences size of home range in a North American cervid. Scientific Reports 8:14667. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-32937-7. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website September 2018
Evans, T.S., M. Kirchgessner, B. Eyler, C.W. Ryan, and W.D. Walter. 2016. Habitat influences distribution of of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management | Abstract January 2016
Evans, T.S., K.L. Schuler, W.D. Walter. 2014 Surveillance and monitoring of white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease in the northeastern United States. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(2):387-393. December 2014
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Evans, T.S. 2014. Chronic wasting disease in the Central Appalachian region of the United States. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 81 pp. May 2015