One state that wants to be involved in testing is Idaho. The Panhandle Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is asking hunters to help with a surveillance program looking for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This is part of a general surveillance, rotational sampling strategy that IDFG initiated in 2017 to monitor for CWD.
Fish and Game staff are seeking voluntary sample submissions from hunters that harvest white-tailed and mule deer in the region. Biologists will be operating check stations around the region this fall where samples will be taken from interested hunters' deer. Samples are collected by removing the lymph nodes located near the base of the deer's jaw. The department will also have freezers at various locations in the region to collect heads from hunters who wish to have their deer sampled.
Fish and Game would also like samples from salvaged road-killed deer. Individuals who pick up a road-killed deer are encouraged to bring the head from the deer to the Regional Office in Coeur d'Alene or to deposit the head in one of the freezers located around the region. It is important that heads from road killed deer have accurate information about the date of salvage and the location of pick-up (highway and milepost marker number).